Body found in search for ferry passenger who went overboard

Irish Ferries service in Pembroke Dock Image copyright John Lucas/Geograph

A body has been found in the search for a woman who went overboard while on a ferry travelling from Wales to Ireland.

The coastguard was called at about 08:15 GMT on Friday following reports a woman was missing from Irish Ferries' Isle of Inishmore.

Dyfed-Powys Police said a body was found in water in the Lawrenny area of Pembrokeshire, but has not been formally identified.

Coastguard recovery teams are trying to retrieve the body.

The woman's body was found upstream in the River Cleddau, two miles (3km) east of Rudders Boatyard.

The ferry stopped in Rosslare, Ireland, after having left Pembroke on Thursday night, but has now resumed sailing.

Dyfed-Powys Police said: "Officers are working closely with specialist recovery teams from HM Coastguard and the ambulance service to recover the female body.

"Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time."

Irish Ferries said police had searched the ferry and were happy there was "no foul play".

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