Passengers leave ferry after 24-hour hold-up

Around 70 passengers were tonight relieved to have got off a ferry to Belfast after being stuck on it for 24 hours.

Around 70 passengers were tonight relieved to have got off a ferry to Belfast after being stuck on it for 24 hours.

Lorry drivers and people returning from holiday disembarked the Lagan Viking in Belfast docks which had left Birkenhead near Liverpool yesterday at 2.20pm.

Engineers from Belfast’s Harland & Wolff shipyard managed to cut open a door which refused to open last night when the Norse Merchant-owned ferry arrived at around 10.30pm.

Some passengers left the boat at around 2.40pm today in a minibus and insisted they were in good spirits despite being stranded in Belfast dock.

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