Cruise Ship

Stena Estrid Ferry

Incident Type

Crew / Passenger Death (Overboard)

Date of Accident

January 20, 2024

Location of Accident

Near Liverpool, England

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Introduction

On January 20, 2024, a tragic overboard incident occurred on the Stena Estrid ferry while navigating near Liverpool, England. A 44-year-old male passenger from Northern Wales was reported overboard in the morning, leading to an intensive search and rescue operation. Despite the prompt efforts of lifeboat crews and a HM Coastguard helicopter, the passenger succumbed to his injuries shortly after being transported to a hospital.

Details of the Incident

The overboard incident was reported at approximately 08:15 UTC. Lifeboat crews from Northern England and Wales quickly initiated a three-hour search operation. The man was eventually located and airlifted to a hospital by an HM Coastguard helicopter. Tragically, he died shortly after arrival due to the injuries he sustained. Merseyside Police issued a statement clarifying that his death is not considered suspicious.

Operational Context

This incident took place during the Stena Estrid ferry’s scheduled crossing from Belfast, Northern Ireland, to Birkenhead, Merseyside, England. The unfortunate event underscores the critical importance of safety measures and emergency response protocols on ferry services, especially in challenging sea conditions.

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