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Major incident: Lorries overturned on ferry from Northern Ireland docked at Cairnryan

By Andrew Madden

Emergency services are dealing with a major incident at Cairnryan Port where several lorries tipped over on the docked ferry arriving from Larne.

Images from the scene show at least four lorries toppled over on the P&O ferry as it arrived on the early morning crossing amid poor weather.

P&O tweeted that sailings from Larne to Cairnryan would be delayed due to "extreme weather conditions".

Police said there were 52 passengers and 56 crew on board, none of whom were injured. 

Pictures from the scene at the port show three lorries overturned on the upper deck of the ferry and one on the lower deck.

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Police, ambulance and fire services are currently dealing with the incident, which happened shortly after 7:30am on Tuesday.

A police scotland spokesperson said: "At 7:42 AM this morning, Tuesday 18th December 2018, Police Scotland were notified of a number of vehicles having overturned on the P&O European Causeway Ferry while sailing from Larne to Cairnryan.

"A number of passengers were reportedly unaccounted for at that time.

"A multi-agency response was implemented and emergency services attended Cairnryan Port awaiting the ferry. We have since been able to confirm all 52 passengers and 56 crew on board are safe and well.

"The incident remains ongoing and further updates will follow, however we wish to reiterate, at this time all passengers and crew are accounted for and safe and well."

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was requested at 7.32am on Tuesday December 18 to assist our emergency service partners with an ongoing incident involving vehicles upon a ferry berthed at Cairnryan Ferry Terminal, Wigtownshire.

"Operations control mobilised four fire engines to the scene and firefighters presently remain in attendance."

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