Houseboat drifts all the way to Ireland, with a special message inside

A makeshift solar-powered houseboat has washed up on an Irish beach after apparently drifting across the Atlantic Ocean from Canada.

Houseboat drifts all the way to Ireland, with a special message inside

Authorities say the owner was intending to sail on the "floating caravan" but was talked out of it before it broke loose from its mooring in Newfoundland in the last few months.

Locals in Co Mayo on Ireland’s west coast were startled by the unusual sighting on Cross Beach, which sparked an emergency rescue mission by lifeboat and coast guard crews.

A message on the inside reads: "I, Rick Small, donate this structure to a homeless youth. To give them a better life that Newfoundlanders choose not to do!"

Little did Small know, his houseboat would end up in a place where homelessness is also taking the spotlight.

RTÉ reports that Mayo County Council will make the final decision on what will happen to the structure.

Additional reporting by PA.

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