Passenger Jumps Off Stena Line's Ferry

By ,   July 6, 2018 ,   Accidents

An Iranian man who was refused entry to the United Kingdom has been treated in hospital after jumping from a cruise ferry off the coast of Essex on July 4.

The man leapt from Stena Line's Stena Britannica shortly after it left Harwich. The Iranian, in his 20s or 30s, was pulled from the water by a passing fishing boat.

Stena Britannica ferry

According to Home Office, the man was returning to Hook of Holland after he was refused entry, having arrived on earlier boat. It said the case would be dealt with according to immigration rules.

The man was brought ashore by Harwich Lifeboat Station's inshore lifeboat where Border Force officials were already waiting. Having suffered minor injury, he was then taken to Colchester Hospital for check up.

Following the rescue operation, the immigration case of the Iranian man has been referred to the Home Office.

Harwich Lifeboat operations manager, David Thurston, said the man was fortunate because the sea was relatively warm.

For other Stena Britannica accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.