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River Mersey ferry: Passengers rescued as vessel runs aground

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Mike Shinks

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Mike Shinks mentioned he heard a scraping noise

More Than 70 people have been rescued from a passenger ferry on the River Mersey when it ran aground.

They have been taken from the Royal Iris ferry at Thirteen:25 BST in the Queen Elizabeth Dock in Eastham, Wirral.

The grounding caused a hole in the hull and the ship started to take on water, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Provider (MFRS) said.

It brought There Were no studies of any accidents. Ambulance, Fireplace and coastguard crews have been on the scene.

The Sixty Nine passengers and 5 crew members were helped on to a dredger which was also used to pump water out of the ferry.

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Jonathan Whittaker

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There Have Been 69 passengers and 5 crew on board

Mike Shinks, of Bolton, said he used to be on the day cruise from Seacombe, Wirral, alongside the Manchester Ship canal to Salford Quays.

He stated as the vessel approached the doorway to the canal it waited for a dredger to return thru from the locks.

“When the Royal Iris handed the dredger, there was once a scraping noise and we have been compelled to weigh anchor,” he stated.

“There used to be plenty of crew motion as they labored the anchor. A pilot boat pulled up alongside us. Then the ferry pulled up alongside the dredger and hooked itself on to it.”

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Jonathan Whittaker

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There used to be “no panic” through passengers, Mr Shinks mentioned

Mr Shinks said passengers have been told by means of the ships’ crew they thought the dredger had disturbed the sandbank and we had then hit The Ground.

He delivered there was once “no panic” as the entire passengers moved from the Royal Iris on to the dredger.

Every Other passenger, Jonathan Whittaker, informed the BBC that nobody had been injured and people “had been taking it in just right spirits”.

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