Tyne & Wear

Woman falls overboard from ferry at Flamborough Head

A woman has been rescued after falling overboard from a Newcastle passenger ferry bound for the Netherlands.

She fell overboard from the Princess Seaways DFDS ferry at about 20:35 BST on Monday.

The ferry then reversed course and rescued her off the coast of Flamborough Head, at about 21:00 BST.

The woman, 23, from Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire, was taken to Scarborough Hospital, where she was kept in overnight and then released.

'Reversing course'

Mike Green, watch manager at Humber Coastguard said the water temperature would have been between 11C and 12C. He said he did not know how she fell off the vessel.

Mr Green added: "We received a call about 20:45 last night from the Princess Seaways DFDS ferry out of Newcastle. They said they'd had a person overboard and they were reversing their course.

"We alerted the RAF Sea King helicopter and put the Scarborough and Filey lifeboats on stand-by in case we had an extended search.

"The crew of the DFDS ferry were very efficient with their man-overboard procedures, they managed to get a visual contact with the lady, launched their rescue craft and managed to get her on board the ferry."

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