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Airlift for man crushed on Swansea to Cork ferry

The Swansea to Cork Ferry at Swansea Docks
Image caption The MV Julia can carry 1,860 passengers plus cars and freight

A man has been airlifted to hospital after being crushed on a ferry off the Pembrokeshire coast.

The 45-year-old crew member was crushed by a hydraulic door on the Julia Swansea to Cork passenger ferry.

The incident happened about 10 miles south of St Anne's Head, Milford Haven, at about 2347 BST on Monday.

The man was taken to the North Devon District Hospital, where he is in a stable condition and being treated for a suspected broken pelvis.

Milford Haven Coastguard was called by ferry staff after the crew member became trapped in the water-tight door.

Staff at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, who give medical assistance over the phone when Milford Haven Coastguard is called, were also involved.

A helicopter from RMB Chivenor airlifted the man to hospital at 0240 BST.

MV Julia is operated by Cork-based Fastnet Line, which reopened the Swansea to Cork route in March.

Image caption Fastnet chief executive Phil Jones said there will be an inquiry into the incident

Fastnet Line chief executive Phil Jones said: "We can confirm that there was an accident on board MV Julia last night where a crew member was injured by a hydraulic door.

"Milford Haven Coastguard was alerted and the man was airlifted to North Devon District Hospital.

"He remains stable with a suspected broken pelvis.

"We are conducting our own investigation into the accident and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed."

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