Irish Stena Line ferry with 146 on board makes third attempt to dock in Wales after night at sea
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Irish Stena Line ferry with 146 on board makes third attempt to dock in Wales after night at sea

A STENA LINE ship is to make its third attempt to dock in Wales this morning after spending a night at sea due to extreme weather. 

The Europe ship departed Rosslare yesterday at 9am with 146 on board, including 87 passengers and 59 crew, and was expected to dock shortly after midday.

But rough conditions due to Storm Angus meant the ship could not dock in Fishguard.

The ship had attempted to dock for a second time at approximately half past three yesterday afternoon but was 'unsuccessful' due to 'extreme weather conditions', a spokesman said.

"The health and safety of the passengers and crew is of paramount importance to Stena Line," the spokesman said.

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"Therefore we spent a comfortable night onboard sheltering at Cardigan Bay.

"We are sailing south and as soon as berthing parameters are safe we aim to have our passengers on their way by 11am."

The Rosslare to Fishguard route is one of eight popular routes to Ireland by Irish travellers.

Last Christmas, Stena Line carried an estimated 135,000 people from Britain to Ireland over the festive period with their daily crossings.