BREAKING NEWS

Memorial events have taken place on both sides of the English channel to mark the 30th anniversary of the Zeebrugge ferry disaster.

Wreathes mark the spot where the Herald of Free Enterprise capsized in 1987. Nearly 200 people lost their lives in Britain’s worst peacetime maritime disaster in living memory.

The ferry had been heading back to Dover having left the Belgian port of Zeebrugge when it began taking on water. It took just 90 seconds for the ship to capsize after the crew failed to shut the bow doors.

The disaster led to a far-reaching tightening of international ferry safety regulations, including new design standards for all ferries using UK ports.