North Sea rescue woman from Welwyn Garden City named

PUBLISHED: 17:07 08 September 2011 | UPDATED: 10:51 09 September 2011

Jeni Anderson

Jeni Anderson


THE woman dramatically rescued after falling from a ferry into the North Sea on Monday has been named.

Jeni Anderson, 23, was resued by RAF Sea King helicopters and the Humber Coastguard after surviving in the choppy, icy, dark depths of the North Sea for half an hour.

The former Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School pupil had been bound for Amsterdam on the ferry, which had left from Newcastle, when she fell overboard at around 9pm.

She was celebrating graduation from Northumbria University where she had completed a degree in contemporary French and Spanish language studies.

Her former French lecturer at the university, Ariane Bogain, said: “Jeni is a lovely, bubbly, talented person with a very promising future ahead of her.

“Here at Northumbria we are delighted to hear that she is recovering well from her ordeal.’’

And Phil O’Neill, general manager of Gosling Sports Park, in Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, where Miss Anderson worked as receptionist from 2004 to 2007, said staff were “delighted” that she was rescued.

He added: “We’re very happy that she’s safe.”

Miss Anderson, who screamed for her life after falling into the sea, told national media: “I know I am very, very lucky.”

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