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Overboard ferry passenger rescued

Tamar class lifeboat. Pic: RNLI
An RNLI lifeboat joined in the search

A man has been rescued after going overboard on a high-speed Irish Sea ferry crossing.

The man was seen jumping from the Larne to Troon ferry on Sunday evening. The boat, which was travelling at about 30 knots, turned around to look for him.

It launched its onboard fast rescue craft and a helicopter from Prestwick and a RNLI lifeboat from Girvan joined the search.

The man was winched to safety and examined by two doctors on the ferry.

He was taken to hospital after the vessel, a P&O 'Express', docked at Troon.

A passenger who boarded the ferry at Troon said ferry staff told him the man who jumped was suffering from a psychiatric condition.

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