Milton Keynes victims of the Zeebrugge disaster remembered

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Five local victims of the Zeebrugge disaster are being remembered today, the 30th anniversary of the disaster which claimed 193 lives on March 6, 1987.

They are Laura Bushaway, 12, Ronald Bushaway, 63, Rosina Bushaway, 59, Edward Johnson, 17, and Kathleen Johnson, 43, all of Milton Keynes, were passengers on the Herald of Free Enterprise, when it capsized as it left Zeebrugge harbour on March 6, 1987.

The bow door had been left open which allowed millions of tonnes of water to flood into the boat, quickly capsizing it.

A total of 346 passengers and crew were rescued. Many of those who died were victims of hypothermia.

A service to remember the victims took place at St Mary’s Church in Cannon Street, Dover, at 11am this morning.