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Phil Hornby reflects on Zeebrugge disaster

Our Political Correspondent, Phil Hornby, knows the Zeebrugge tragedy well - and how it unfolded. He was working in our Maidstone newsroom at the time.

He spoke to many of the grieving relatives back then. And he has returned to Dover with his memories of that awful night - to speak to the mother of the ferry's head waiter, who died trying to save as many of the stricken passengers as possible.

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Special report: remembering the victims of Zeebrugge

Survivors of the Zeebrugge ferry disaster have attended a church service in Belgium to mark the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the vessel.

They gathered with victims' relatives and rescue workers for a service in the Belgian port close to place where the Herald of Free Enterprise capsized on 6 March 1987.

The accident caused 193 deaths among the passengers and crew.

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Twenty-five years since the Zeebrugge ferry disaster

The Zeebrugge ferry disaster happened in 1987 Credit: Archive

A remembrance service is to be held in Dover in Kent later to mark the 25th anniversary of the Zeebrugge ferry disaster. 'The Herald of Free Enterprise' left the Belgian port of Zeebrugge on the 6th March 1987, heading for Dover with 650 passengers, but capsized in the harbour. 193 people died.

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