A barge that drifted from Canada six months ago has been located off the north Mayo coast.

The 26-metre long vessel was reported missing from Labrador, Newfoundland last November.

It was spotted off the coast by a fishing vessel yesterday evening and the Ballyglass based RNLI crew was tasked to bring it ashore.

It took the crew seven hours to secure the barge and bring it to a mooring point.

The vessel had travelled more than 3,000 kilometres since it was last seen.

RNLI crew members towed it to Ballyglass harbour, finally getting it to safety at 2am.

When they reached Ballyglass there was no room to tie up the barge so it has been moored on the lifeboat's own mooring for the time being.

Padraic Sheeran who is the Ballyglass Lifeboat Operations Manager told Midwest News this evening It’s now in a safe place in Shanahee.

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