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Wreck visitors 'risking lives'
RMS Mulheim
Coastguards say the Mulheim will probably break up in the Autumn
Coastguards have condemned as "stupid" people who have been climbing on board a shipwreck in Cornwall.

The RMS Mulheim was carrying 2,200 tonnes of scrap car plastic when she ran onto rocks near Land's End, Cornwall on 22 March.

Hundreds of tonnes of the cargo, which was destined for a landfill site in Germany, escaped into the sea after the vessel ran aground.

Now coastguards say people are risking their lives by climbing on the vessel, which is so unstable it could break up at any time.

Badly holed

They say that almost daily small boats are manoeuvring alongside her and people getting on board.

Alan Matthews of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency such activities are "pointless".

He says there is nothing to take and people should stay clear.

The ship is badly holed on both sides, and her hull is coming away from her bottom.

Coastguards expect her to break up during the next big storm, probably in the autumn.

Meanwhile local businesses say the Mulheim is drawing in extra tourists and the cliffs are lined with onlookers most days.

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