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A 7-year-old boy and his mother overboard the ferry. They are dead

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A 7-year-old child and his 36-year-old mother who fell off the Stena Line ferry sailing from Gdynia to Swedish Karlskrona are dead. The information was confirmed by Mariusz Ciarka, spokesman for the National Police Headquarters.

The incident took place on Thursday (June 29) at 16:20. The Stena Spirit ferry sailing from Gdynia to Karlskrona radioed mayday “man overboard”. A lifeboat was launched into the water. After more than an hour, two people were taken from the water and transported by helicopters to the hospital in Sweden. As Mariusz Ciarka confirmed today, their lives could not be saved.

The accident occurred in the middle of the ferry’s route, in international waters. “Ships were used for the operation, including a German frigate and a Swedish rescue helicopter” – said the KGP spokesman.

Testimony of a Stena Line employee

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TVN24 managed to reach an employee of Stena Line, who told about the first moments immediately after the accident.

– There was an alarm and a message. The engines were immediately shut down. After a while, the captain announced that there was a man overboard. We heard that these are not exercises. The launching of the lifeboat has begun. The search lasted almost 2 hours, the woman says.

Stena’s employee on the rescue operationtvn24

The causes of the accident are still unknown. – At the moment we have no information whether this was due to a malfunction of the ferry. We cooperate with the police and other authorities that are appointed to explain the causes and circumstances of this event. We will want to clarify this matter. When the proceedings are completed, then it will be possible to say something more about it – Agnieszka Zembrzycka, spokeswoman for Stena Line, explained in an interview with tvn24.pl on Friday.

Appeal of the Swedish police

The Swedish police appealed on Friday via PAP to Polish passengers to provide information that could explain the circumstances of the child and woman falling from the ferry.

“Witnesses to the event are asked to contact the Swedish police. We can provide an interpreter” – Thomas Johansson, spokesman for the police in Karlskrona, told PAP.

The Stena Spirit ferry sailing from Gdynia reached the port of Karlskrona in south-eastern Sweden on Thursday evening. The police interrogated the crew, and the surveillance video was secured.

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