Red Funnel Ferry Hits Several Yachts and Runs Aground off Isle of Wight

By ,   October 21, 2018 ,   Accidents

A Red Funnel ferry hit a number of yachts and ran aground off Isle of Wight on Sunday, October 21.

According to the Red Funnel company, the ferry Red Falcon "came into contact" with several boats while berthing at Cowes Harbour.

Isle of Wight (Cowes, England)

Image: Isle of Wight (Cowes, England)

No one was hurt of the 40 passengers onboard. The Coastguard confirmed that nobody was missing or in the water.

The vehicle ferry, which departed from Southampton UK for East Cowes at 07:00 a.m., got into difficulty about an hour later while reaching the harbour in low visibility due to fog.

According to passenger Ed Anderson, they got into the harbour at around 8:00 a.m. and were all in their cars on the car deck when they heard it run aground.

The ship came to a halt about 50 metres (165 ft) off the esplanade.

It was refloated via the assistance of tugs and cleared to be relocated to Southampton UK after coastguard surveyors completed initial assessment.

Coastguards confirmed that a mast seen in the water belonged to a vessel which sank in collision with Red Falcon.

All vehicles and passengers were discharged at East Cowes.