Woman freed in missing baby case


Police in Northern Ireland have released a woman who was arrested after reports of a baby falling from a ferry into Belfast Lough were found to be false.

An extensive land and sea search for the baby was called off yesterday afternoon.

The woman (37) was rescued from the sea on Wednesday evening, 15 minutes after she fell from a Stena Line ferry making its way toward Belfast port.

The woman, who is from Belfast, was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital for treatment.

After inquiries with the woman and her family, the PSNI said the report of an infant also falling overboard was “incorrect”.

The PSNI said it did “not believe there was a baby in the woman’s care on the ferry” and she was arrested yesterday evening.

The woman was being held at a Belfast police station on suspicion of wasting police time. The PSNI said a report will be prepared for the Public Prosecution Service.