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An investigation has started into how a ferry leaving Dover for France hit a harbour wall injuring four passengers.

The DFDS vessel Dover Seaways struck the dock as it left for Dunkirk at 8am yesterday morning, reportedly carrying passengers to Remembrance Sunday services.

The 320 passengers and crew were evacuated from the ferry with South East Coast Ambulance Service saying it had treated people at the port for “bumps and bruises”.

The Port of Dover said an investigation would begin to find out what happened.

“We would like to underline that passenger safety is of paramount importance to us and we’re working hard with all passengers and relevant authorities to provide assistance to those involved,” the company said.

The DFDS Dover-Dunkirk service was continuing to operate yesterday with delays. Passengers were advised to continue to port for scheduled departures as normal.