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Lorry found hanging out of ferry

Lorry on ferry
The lorry hangs out of the ferry doors

A ferry bound for Northern Ireland has returned to Stranraer in Scotland after a lorry was discovered hanging out the back of the Stena Voyager.

The vessel was not long at sea when a loud bang was heard by passengers.

"The ship then almost came to a standstill," Peter McCrory from Dungannon told BBC News.

"However, we discovered on looking out the rear doors there was a lorry hanging out through the back, it had burst the rear doors."

Mr McCrory said while it had been a frightening experience, "if the boat had taken in water, it could have been a tragedy".

He said passengers had been told that heavy-lifting equipment was needed to lift the lorry away and it could be morning before those on board could disembark.

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