Sunday 17 December 2017

Mystery remains over 'medical issue' that delayed 1,500 ferry passengers

Dublin Port
Dublin Port
Irish Ferries Ulysses

Mystery still surrounds what caused more than 1,500 passengers on an Irish ferry to be left waiting an hour to disembark ahead of St Patrick’s Day.

The Irish Ferries ship ‘Ulysses’, travelling from Holyhead to Dublin, was due to arrive at around 5.30pm on Monday when it was halted following a request from British port authorities.

The ship remained at sea until 6.30pm, when the all-clear was given to allow the 1,555 passengers to disembark.

Reports have been circulating that officials were responding to an Ebola scare after a passenger claimed he had the disease.

However, a HSE spokesperson denied this was the case, saying they had received “no such reports".

"As far as we're concern, there was no incidents of Ebola aboard the ferry. We believe it was an unrelated medical issue.”


Irish Ferries Ulysses

Also quick to dispute the Ebola claim, Irish Ferries said that the 'medical issue' was not Ebola-related.

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“Our ship, the Ulysses, was arriving into Dublin Port, and we were asked by the port authorities in Holyhead to hold our passengers on board, and not discharge them. Apparently, there was some situation being investigated on the UK side,” a spokesperson said.

“It’s normal procedure that we would act on that request, so we acted on it."

“Just about an hour later, at 6.30pm, we got clearance to release the passengers. We let them off on their way and the vessel concerned is now back in normal service, on its way back over to Holyhead.”

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