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Weather hampers Riverdance move
Salvagers work to move the Riverdance ferry
Riverdance has become a tourist attraction
Weather conditions have continued to hinder the salvage operation to refloat the Riverdance ferry stricken on the beach at Blackpool.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said her position, coupled with high tides, had hampered efforts to move the ferry, which ran aground in January.

Salvors been repairing damage to the hull to stop water getting in.

Riverdance has also become a tourist attraction, even though an exclusion zone around it remains in place.

Hit by wave

The Riverdance had been heading from Warrenpoint, County Down, to Heysham, Lancashire, when she was hit by a freak wave.

Twenty-three people were lifted to safety, including 19 crew and four passengers, on 31 January.

Colin Mulvaner of the MCA said it could be another two weeks before the ferry can be moved.

He said that the level of light, bad weather and the tides mean that it had been difficult to mount a continuing operation to move Riverdance.

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