Published Thursday, 10 May 2012
Searches were called off on Thursday afternoon, after extensive efforts by numerous rescue agencies.
Police said they no longer believed that a baby had been in the care of the woman who fell overboard from a passenger ferry.
The Belfast woman was rescued 15 minutes after the alarm was raised on board the Stena Line ferry from Cairnryan, which was making its way to Belfast Port shortly after 6pm on Wednesday.
She was treated in hospital, where her condition was said to be stable, and later released.
On Thursday, a police spokesman said: "Police now understand the report of a baby going into the water was incorrect.
"Police do not believe there was a baby in the woman's care on the ferry - enquiries are continuing."
The woman is being held for questioning in a Belfast police station on suspicion of wasting police time.
In a statement, Stena Line said it would continue to assist with PSNI with investigations into the incident.
"The company is also in the process of carrying out its own investigation as to the circumstances of the incident and will share this information with all relevant authorities," a spokesperson said.
A number of search and rescue agencies from both sides of the border were involved in the massive air and sea operation, which led to ferry services being cancelled and Belfast Port being closed for a time on Wednesday.
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