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Wexford Coroner's Court has heard how a major search was launched after a woman jumped from a passenger ferry as it approached Rosslare.

The inquest into the sad death of Eileen Keating (57) of 2 Tamar Road, Cheltenham, UK, first heard evidence from Seán Mccaffrey from Co Monaghan, who was working on the Isle of Inishmore ferry on November 6, 2010.

He described how he went outside for a smoke shortly after 6 a.m. when he saw a woman outside of the ferry railings. She was crouched down and holding on with her right hand. He then saw her jump into the water below.

Seán said he raised the alarm and another Irish Ferries employee who came out threw in a lifebuoy.

Inspector Pat Mcdonald read a statement from Stephen Mcgrath, duty captain of Isle of Inishmore that day. He said there 114 passengers on the ferry when it left Pembroke at 2.31 a.m.

He said that when the alarm was raised the proper procedures were put in place and the rescue services alerted. The ferry was stopped and its two rescue boats launched. The nearby Stena Europe also launched a rescue boat.

Two fishing vessels also became involved with the search, spearheaded by the Coast Guard's helicopter and Rosslare's lifeboat. At 7.27 a.m. the helicopter located Eileen Keating's body and directed the lifeboat to the area.
(Source: Enniscorthy Guardian)


Ambulance personnel and gardai attend the scene of an Arklow lifeboat call out where a fishing trawler was in distress in the Irish sea.

A crew member had locked themselves in the wheelhouse and would not come out. Members of the lifeboat crew broke into the wheel house and towed the Trawler to Arklow port, a second trawler stood by to provide assistance.
(Source: The Wicklow People)


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