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Fire Service set to Rescue Passengers on Stricken HSS

A SPECIAL appliance from the Fire and Rescue Service is being brought in to rescue the near 200 people trapped overnight aboard the Stena HSS after a lorry broke free and smashed through the rear door.

The ferry, bound for Belfast, was forced to turn around and return to Stranraer after the vehicle was discovered dangling from the back.

All 156 passengers and 33 crew are safe, and have been given blankets and food as they wait for a crane to remove the stricken lorry.

Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service has sent a "special appliance" to help transfer passengers from the ship and onto the harbour.

The alarm was raised after passengers heard a loud bang.

The emergency services were alerted to the incident at 9.30 pm on Wednesday, about an hour and a half after the ship had left Stranraer.

A police spokesman said:

"A tanker broke free within the vessel whilst at sea and seriously damaged one of the stern doors.

"The ship was quickly stabilised and no one was injured."

He added that the tanker was laden with non-hazardous ferrous sulphate powder, but was fortunately still intact and had not leaked.

A full investigation into the incident will be carried out by Stena Line and maritime agencies.

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