'No missing Belfast port baby'

Police in Northern Ireland have called off their air and sea search for a baby after a woman fell from a Stena Line ferry in Belfast Lough. Officers say they do not believe there was a baby in the woman's care onboard.

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Police call off search for 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.

Police do not now 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.

Police: 'There was no missing baby'

Police have called off the search operation in Belfast Lough which began yesterday evening:

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.

– Gary Strain Press Officer, Police Service of Northern Ireland

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Coastguard search coast for missing baby

The search recommenced at first light today Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The search for a baby believed to have fallen from a ferry is under way in Northern Ireland. A Police Service of Northern Ireland office spokesman said: "The search operation is ongoing for the second person, this is believed to be a young child."

HM Coastguard search the coast of Belfast Lough Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

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Belfast search called off for the night

The air and sea search of Belfast Lough for a baby that fell from a Cairnryan to Belfast ferry has been called off for the night. The baby has not been found and the search will get underway again at 6am tomorrow morning.

A coastguard search of the coastline will begin at 8am.

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