Ferry damaged in storm

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, January 2, 2014


UPDATED 17:05*

A FERRY was damaged during yesterday's (Wednesday) storms, leading to disruption for Isle of Wight travellers today.

Wightlink said its Fast Cat Wight Ryder II had been taken out of service after suffering minor damage when it hit a fender at Portsmouth Harbour.

A spokesman said 47 passengers were on board the 9.47am Ryde to Portsmouth sailing when the incident occured, however no-one was injured.

A revised timetable was in effect, with crossings leaving from Ryde at 47 minutes past the hour and from Portsmouth at quarter past the hour.

Yesterday's bad weather led to significant disruption on all cross-Solent routes.

*A normal timetable was resumed shortly before 5pm.


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by R Griffiths

5th January 2014, at 16:28:43

Looking back at some old pictures the old ferries managed to keep going through all sorts of bad weather. Bumps at the pier didn;t knock them out of service. Not sure why they call these FASTcats they are hardly quicker that the old diesel ferries which in latter days managed it in 25 mins. These current ones seem to constantly break down or are damaged or taken out of service in rough weather. Bu this is called progress!

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by Stephen Elliott

2nd January 2014, at 17:36:32

Am I still banned

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by Stephen Elliott

2nd January 2014, at 17:36:30

Am I still banned

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by John Lovell

2nd January 2014, at 13:19:46

A bit different from the service before Christmas.
Wait for the delayed fastcat to arrive at Portsmouth only to be told after it had arrived that it's trip to Ryde was cancelled. Never mind .... wait 40 minutes for a bus to the car ferry (which would miss the next ferry), or walk in the torrential rain.
Got to car ferry soaked and still had to wait in the rain before boarding.
Miserable start to the holiday.

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by Yvonne Carter

2nd January 2014, at 11:50:47

Got to say a big THANK YOU to all the Wightlink staff yesterday. I was booked on the WightCat to come home and they were very helpful. Cannot fault the service. Coach round to car ferry and bus from Fishbourne to Ryde. No problem. Thanks again.

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