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Storm Barbara causes delays to ferry services

Ferry services are delayed due to the weather Credit: PA

Due to the wet and windy conditions caused by Storm Barbara, a number of ferry services have been delayed.

The Stena Line service which runs from Cairnryan in Stranraer to Belfast is experiencing delays of up to 45 minutes:

Winter Storm Barbara has arrived and the UK is experiencing extremely wet and windy conditions. Unfortunately this is causing disruption to some of our scheduled sailings today (Friday 23rd December) and could possibly cause further disruption tomorrow too.

– Stena Line Ferry Operators

According to their website, PNO ferry operators, which sails from Cairnryan to Larne in Northern Ireland, are operating as normal.

Windermere ferry out of service until May

The Windermere ferry will be taken out of service today for a major re-fit and inspection.

Mallard carries cars and passengers across England's longest lake between Bowness and Far Sawrey.

The work will cost around £300,000 and will involve rebuilding the engines and servicing all hydraulic, mechanical and electrical systems on the ferry.

It is due to be back in service by the end of May.

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Police 'there was no missing baby'

Police have called off the search operation in Belfast Lough which began yesterday evening after a report that a baby had gone into the water with a woman who was later rescued.

Following an extensive search operation involving several agencies and volunteers and after enquiries with the 37 year old woman and her family, police now understand the report of a baby going into the water was incorrect.

Police do not believe there was a baby in the woman's care on the ferry. The woman, who is from Belfast, remains in a stable condition in hospital. Police enquiries are continuing.

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Search resumes for missing baby after ferry fall.

Searches have resumed in Belfast Lough for a baby who plunged with a woman from the Cairnryan to Belfast ferry on Wednesday night. The pair went overboard from the Stena Line ferry as it made it's way into port at around 6.10 pm.

The woman was rescued and taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast for treatment, where she is stable. She was recovered by a pilot boat 15 minutes after the alarm was raised.