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Passengers remain stranded on Stena Line ferry due to storm

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Rough conditions at sea yesterday
Rough conditions at sea yesterday

A ferry from Rosslare bound for Fishguard is still stranded at sea and is due to make another attempt to dock at the Welsh Port at around midday today - weather permitting.

The Stena Line service left Wexford at 9am on Monday and was due to arrive in the Welsh port at 12.30pm.

It failed to reach the port and another attempt to dock at 3.30pm was also unsuccessful.

The ferry spent the night at sea, about six kilometres off-shore and had 87 passengers and 59 crew on board.

A spokesperson from Stena Line said "extreme weather conditions" meant they were unable to dock.

"The health and safety of passengers and crew is of paramount importance to Stena Line, therefore the passengers will remain onboard overnight and a second attempt at docking will take place at midday tomorrow (Tuesday)."

Today, Stena Line says it's Adventurer sailing due to depart Rosslare at 08:20 is subject to a delay of three hours and has asked all passengers to check its website for updates.

Dublin to Holyhead crossings are expected to run as normal.

Met Éireann has issued a status yellow warning for all Irish coastal waters, with strong gales expected on the Irish Sea.

The cold and windy weather looks set to continue throughout the morning but soon clearing to give a bright day.

Meanwhile, in the UK, more than 75 flood warnings were put in place across the South West, the Midlands, North East, North West, Wales and the East of England on Monday evening, with a further 207 flood alerts issued across England and Wales.

Storm Angus wreaked havoc across the country, with schools and roads across being forced to close and a number of homes and cars submerged in water.