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Mum and her young daughter fall from ferry

A mum and her young daughter fell from a ferry into the sea in Northern Ireland on Thursday evening.

The incident in the dock in Belfast is now under investigation and the pair were taken to hospital for treatment.

The woman and her daughter, 11, went overboard from the Stena Horizon vessel as it moved into the dock after a voyage from Liverpool.

A rescue boat from another Stena Line ferry that was in the harbor at the time, the Stena Superfast VII, was the first to reach them, and crew members managed to pull them to safety.

Stena Line said the incident happened at 6.45pm as the ship was approaching its berth at its Belfast terminal.

A spokeswoman said: ‘Stena Line deployed emergency response crews from the Stena Horizon and Stena Superfast VIII, which was in the vicinity at the time. ‘Two persons were retrieved from the water and were attended to by local emergency service crews waiting on the dockside in Belfast.

‘Stena Line has informed all relevant authorities of the incident and is currently assisting with the various investigations now under way.’

This is not the first time someone has fallen from a Stena Line ferry in Belfast, after a similar incident in 2012.

A woman was recovered from the water that day, and reports that a baby was involved were later said to be incorrect

Belfast Harbour Police confirmed that they were investigating the latest incident. ‘Both females were safely recovered from the water and taken to hospital by emergency services,’ the force said.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the full circumstances of the incident were still to be establish

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