Cops treating incident where mum and son died after going overboard a Stena ferry as a murder-suicide

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 Initial reports suggested a mother heroically jumped overboard to save her son who fell into the Baltic sea from a Stena ferry, however it is now being investigated as a murder-suicide.

An investigation into a mother who jumped overboard a Stena ferry to save her son is now being treated as a murder-suicide.

Swedish cops are now probing a theory that the mum deliberately jumped overboard with her son. Both had been travelling on a Stena Ferry, setting off from the Polish port of Gdynia heading to the Swedish port of Karlskrona.

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The mother, 36, and son, 7, have only been identified by their first names, Paulina and Lech. In the wake of the incident, NATO sent ships and helicopters in a desperate attempt to rescue the mother and son, with Sweden also doing the same.

They were both airlifted to hospital in Karlskrona before being pronounced dead a short while later. Eyewitnesses have described Paulina’s "tired" and "depressed" appearance prior to the incident.

Fellow passenger Beata told Fakt: “I remember thinking it was unusual to have such a big baby in a stroller, but the boy may have been disabled in some way. She looked tired, depressed. Her body language was so...

“I was walking past her. Now I wish I had asked her any questions, made contact, anything," she continued. "I didn’t get the immediate impression that she needed help, but it would be better if I stayed by her side. But it was cold and I hid below deck."

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Police spokesperson Mariusz Ciarka told local media it was impossible to save the lives of the two. He said: "Unfortunately, in the morning we received information from the Swedish side that we have to pass on this terrible news to the family, because both the boy and the woman are dead."

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