Ferry stranded overnight in Irish Sea but weather set to improve

Stranded: The Stena Line ferry anchored in the Irish Sea overnight.
Stranded: The Stena Line ferry anchored in the Irish Sea overnight.

Ireland avoided the worst of the weather as Storm Angus battered the UK overnight resulting in severe flooding in places and chaos for commuters this morning.

A Stena Line ferry that left Rosslare at 9am yesterday morning was unable to reach Fishguard at it's scheduled 12.30pm arrival time.

It had another attempt to dock at 3.30pm that was also unsuccessful. Stena Line said the ferry anchored overnight about 6km off shore with 87 passengers and 59 crew on board.

It finally docked on the third attempt this morning after more than twenty-six hours at sea and all passengers disembarked safely.

The Met Office said that wind warnings were due to stay in place today, with gusts in the south to hit 60km, but that the storm is due to clear and the weather will become dry and settled for the rest of the week.

The weather in Ireland will be "cool by day and cold at night" for the rest of week but will remain largely dry with some bright spells.

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