Port of Calais shut after passenger ferry with 300 people on board runs aground

A passenger ferry has run aground forcing the closure of the Port of Calais in France.

A total of 316 people, including 208 passengers, are reported to have been on board the ship which has since been refloated.

A P&O spokesman said that no-one was injured and efforts were underway to transfer the passengers to another vessel.

He said: "We can confirm that one of our ships ran aground whilst leaving the Port of Calais this afternoon.

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"There are no reported injuries, the ship was refloated within two hours and we hope to transfer our passengers to an alternative ship as soon as possible."

P&O Ferries Updates posted on Twitter: "#POCalais: The Port of Calais is currently closed due to extreme weather. Please check in as per your original sailing time and you will be accommodated on the first available sailing."



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