Ferry HEBRIDES grounding, North Uist

Passenger ro-ro vessel HEBRIDES ran aground in Lochmaddy Marina in North Uist, Outer Hebrides of Scotland, at around 1100 LT Sep 25, while proceeding to berth with 76 passengers and crew on board.
A CalMac statement said: "A technical failure led to the vessel being unable to reduce speed sufficiently for the routine docking procedures and she struck both pontoons in Lochmaddy harbour and the seabed.
"No-one was injured and the vessel's hull remains intact. A total of 76 passengers and crew were on board, as well as 13 cars, one lorry and one motorhome. She is now alongside safely at Lochmaddy. All passengers and vehicles have been disembarked and alternative routes for all those affected are being investigated”.
Understood vessel was refloated and docked, though on BBC photo accident appears more dramatic, than it was according to statement.

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