Baby Missing After Falling From Stena Line Ferry
A police helicopter, the coastguard and lifeboat are involved in the search for the baby
3:26am UK, Thursday May 10, 2012
A baby is missing after falling from a ferry as it made its way into port in Northern Ireland.
A search by the police helicopter, coastguards and lifeboat services in Belfast Lough, near Holywood, County Down will resume in the morning after being suspended when it became too dark.
The baby fell from a ferry in Belfast Lough
The baby was with a woman who plunged into the sea as the Stena Line boat arrived in Belfast from Cairnryan on Scotland’s western coast.
The woman was pulled from the water by the crew of a pilot boat about 15 minutes after the alarm was raised.
Ian Murdoch, Belfast coastguard watch manager, said: “We have been searching for the second missing person for over two hours but sadly we have not found any sign of them so far.”
The woman was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where she is said to be in a stable condition.
John McPoland, a spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, said: “She had been in the water for a while so you can understand that with the coldness of the water she would have been hypothermic.”
All Stena Line sailings to and from Belfast were cancelled and Belfast harbour was closed for a short time.
Police Service of Northern Ireland officers boarded the ferry, which was docked in Belfast Port.
The area where the incident occurred is on a busy shipping route between Northern Ireland and Scotland.