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Ferry crew save woman's life after passenger spots her in River Mersey

The crew of an Irish Sea ferry dragged a woman who was in the River Mersey to safety.

The Stena Embla, which runs a daily return service between Liverpool and Belfast, was about to set sail when a passenger spotted the woman in the water at around 9.40pm yesterday (Wednesday).

A Stena Line spokesperson said: "A life ring was thrown and the Fast Response Craft was launched to collect the woman.

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"She was brought onboard suffering from severe hypothermia and was given first aid. The crew have indicated that the female entered the water in Liverpool, but it is not known how or why.


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"The ambulance and fire brigade attended. The swift action of the crew undoubtedly saved the life of the female.

"The departure of the vessel was delayed, but made up time on the crossing."

Stena Line said the woman who was in the water was not a ferry passenger.

One passenger who witnessed the rescue posted on social media: "The crew on last night's crossing from Liverpool to Belfast were amazing: their training really paid off & a life was saved."

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service confirmed they were alerted to an incident on the River Mersey. Two fire engines were on scene and the Marine Fire 1 rescue boat deployed. The casualty was taken to hospital by NWAS paramedics.

The Stena Embla - sister ship to the Stena Edda - first entered service in January 2021 and is used by both freight and leisure customers.


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