The 77 meter long, 538 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry St. Helen had a car deck collapse while berthed at the Fishbourne terminal, Isle of Wight. The St. Helen had departed on a scheduled voyage from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight with 181 passengers and 11 crew. As passengers disembarked, the mezzanine deck was being lowered with 9 vehicles when it collapsed onto the main deck. Three passengers and 1 crewman suffered injuries and were taken to hospital. The cause of the collapse was not reported, but a full investigation into the incident has been launched by the MAIB (Marine Accident Investigation Branch).
A chain ferry servicing between East and West Cowes ran aground at East Cowes, River Medina. The “floating bridge” had become stuck along the shoreline when the tide receded. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Ferry service was suspended for several hours until the following high tide. The same ferry became stranded a month earlier when it had become delayed unloading vehicles as the tide went out.
- Floating Bridge Aground (shipwrecklog.com)
The small passenger and cycle chain-ferry, called locally as a Floating Bridge, ran aground while operating between East and West Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The chain-ferry was delayed docking while the tide was going out. The chain-ferry was left high and dry. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state the delay was due to a towed bus becoming stuck and blocked the carriageway.