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Vehicles badly damaged on Ferry
11 Feb 2016 23:11
An Irish Ferries ship that was caught in Storm Imogen earlier this week has been unable to sail from Holyhead due to safety concerns.
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About 60 cars and 20 trucks and other vehicles were damaged after when the Epsilon roll-on roll-off ferry was caught in heavy seas while sailing from Cherbourg to Dublin.
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The incident happened on Sunday 7 February as the Epsilon ferry encountered Storm Imogen off the coast of Devon in England.
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More than 100 passengers were on the ferry, but no one was injured in the storm.
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Tonight the vessel was told by authorities in Holyhead that it could not sail as scheduled after it was discovered that one of the lifeboats on board was damaged.
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The company says it discovered a crack on one of the lifeboats on board tonight before it was due to sail.
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It informed the Italian authorities as the Epsilon is registered in Italy and the Holyhead authorities.
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Irish Ferries says it plans to repair the lifeboat overnight and the repair will then have to be inspected by authorities in Holyhead before the ship can sail.
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It is understood the ship was heavily booked with lorries carrying freight.
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The company says it will accommodate as many customers as possible on its other vessel, Ulysses, which is also sailing from Holyhead tonight, and says some customers may be able to travel with other companies such as Stena which also travels from Holyhead to Dublin.
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