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In Pictures: Stricken Riverdance

The Riverdance ferry

The roll-on roll-off ferry Riverdance, which crosses the Irish Sea twice a day, was carrying trucks and trailers from Warrenpoint in County Down to Heysham in Lancashire.

A night-vision image of the Riverdance ferry

The vessel ran into trouble after it was hit by a freak wave. Helicopters from RAF Valley in Anglesey captured the stricken ship using night-vision camera equipment.

A night-vision image of Riverdance

Three helicopters - one from the navy, one from the RAF and one from the coastguard - were sent to the scene, as well as RNLI lifeboats.

Night-vision image of people on board Riverdance

There were 14 people airlifted to safety, but nine crew members remained behind.

Night-vision image of Riverdance

At one point the troubled vessel was listing dangerously at a 60 degree angle.

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