Woman rescued after ferry fall

  • 6 September 2011

A woman has been rescued after falling overboard from a passenger ferry - 20 miles out at sea.

She fell into the water just after 8.30pm on Monday. The alarm was quickly raised and the ferry reversed and picked her up off the coast of Scarborough.

The woman was in the water for around 30 minutes and has been described as having had an "extremely lucky" escape.

The ship was on its way from Newcastle to the Netherlands at the time.

It's not yet clear why the woman fell from the ferry.

Mike Green, watch manager at Humber Coastguard said the water temperature would have been between 11C and 12C.

He said: "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."