Cruise Ship

Stena Superfast VIII ferry

Incident Type

Passenger Death (overboard)

Date of Accident

1st July 2023

Location of Accident

Loch Ryan (near Cairnryan)

Total Number of Deaths


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On the evening of 1 July 2023, a male passenger fell overboard from a ship in Loch Ryan, close to Cairnryan (Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Scotland).

During the Ireland-Scotland voyage Belfast-Cairnryan (Saturday departure from Belfast at 3:30 p.m./14:30 UTC), a passenger fell overboard. At 5:30 pm/16:30 UTC, the ship activated a search and rescue operation (launching a rescue speedboat) with assistance from HM Coastguard rescue teams.

The man was quickly rescued from the water, airlifted onto a rescue helicopter, and flown to Ayr’s University Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

Stena Line, the ship’s charterer, affirmed the incident and stated that all standard emergency response procedures were activated immediately. The appropriate authorities, such as HM Coastguard and Police Scotland, were also notified.

At 8:30 pm/19:30 UTC, Stena Superfast VIII resumed its scheduled departure.

Since 2011, the ship has operated the Belfast-Cairnryan route (under a long-term charter from Stena Line).

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