Belfast Telegraph

Body found by rescuers searching for missing ferry passenger

Rescuers searching for a ferry passenger believed to have gone overboard in the Irish Sea have found a body.

The UK Coastguard said a woman's body had been located in the Lawrenny area of Pembrokeshire.

A statement said: "Dyfed-Powys Police have confirmed that a body has been located in the Lawrenny area, Pembrokeshire, during the search for a missing female.

"The body has not been formally identified at this time.

"Dyfed-Powys Police officers are working closely with specialist recovery teams from HM Coastguard and the ambulance service to recover the female body.

"Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time."

The alarm was raised just after 8.15am on Friday when the Isle of Inishmore ferry reported that a female passenger was missing.

The vessel was travelling from Pembroke in Wales to Rosslare in Co Wexford, where it is currently berthed.

The UK Coastguard led the massive air and sea search and sent its helicopter based at St Athan to help.

Two Irish Coastguard helicopters, Tenby, Llansteffan and St Govans Coastguard Rescue Teams, Angle inshore and all-weather lifeboats and a Port Authority vessel also assisted in the operation alongside Dyfed Police and officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

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