A woman’s life was saved by a crew working on an Irish Sea ferry after a passenger spotted her in the water.
Members of staff working on the Stena Embla were about to set sail from Liverpool, headed for Belfast, when a passenger noticed a woman in the water in the River Mersey.
It was around 9:40 pm on Wednesday, when the woman was seen in difficulty and a life ring was quickly thrown overboard to her.
A fast response craft was launched to save the woman and after being brought on board, it was found that she was suffering from severe hypothermia and needed first aid.
A Stena Line spokesperson confirmed: "A life ring was thrown and the Fast Response Craft was launched to collect the woman. 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.
"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 also confirmed that the woman who was in the water was not a passenger on the ferry.
One passenger witnessed the rescue in action and posted on social media writing: "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 and sent two fire engines to the scene while the Marine Fire 1 rescue boat was deployed.
The woman was taken to hospital by NWAS paramedics for treatement before the ferry began on its way that night.
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