Traumatic Stress Reactions in the Crew of the Herald of Free Enterprise
On March 6, 1987, the British ferry, the Herald of Free Enterprise, with 545 passengers and crew on board, capsized in the English Channel shortly after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. One hundred and ninety-three people lost their lives in Britain’s worst maritime disaster in peacetime since the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Three bodies are still missing. In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, the Social Services Department of Kent County Council set up a special unit named (after the ferry) the Herald Assistance Unit. Its mission was to coordinate the caring response to all those affected by the disaster and to provide special coverage for Southeast Kent, where the crew and company were based.
KeywordsSocial Service Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Crew Member Shipping Company Caring Response
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