Urinating Red Jet passenger banned

By David Newble

Published on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 - 09:45


UPDATED 09:45*

A PASSENGER who urinated on board a Red Jet ferry on Saturday night has been banned from travelling on Red Funnel ferries for five years.

The company cancelled two sailings due to drunk passengers on board the ferry on Saturday night, the 9.45pm from Southampton and the 10.15pm from Cowes, Isle of Wight.

Police were called to the ferry terminal at Southampton to deal with the incident. The barred passenger is also understood to have been abusive to crew and other passengers.

Following the incident, Red Funnel chief executive James Fulford said on Twitter: "Bloke spent nearly 24 hours in cell — CPS to prosecute alleged breech S101 of Mship Act [maritime shipping act]. RF [Red Funnel] ban five years. Will try to name soon."

Police confirmed they had been called to the incident at 9.26pm on Saturday night after a passenger had been abusive to staff and had urinated on board the boat.

Mr Fulford told the County Press: "Hampshire police, like us, take an extremely robust view of this. It is the equivalent to a plane having to return to base with an unruly passenger on board.

"It was made more dangerous because this individual tried to gain access to the bridge and had to be physically restrained. The consequences could be extremely severe.

"I am delighted that the CPS, as far as we know, is taking this matter extremely seriously."

*Police have charged Ben Marsh, 26, of Bird Field, Chandlers Ford, following the incident. He has has been charged with criminal damage, abusive behaviour and violence on board the ship likely to endanger the safe navigation of the vessel.

He is due to appear at Southampton Magistrates Court on May 16.

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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