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Rough crossing damages cars

The Condor Ferry after its rough crossing from Poole to Jersey Photo: ITV Meridian

Passengers have described a ferry crossing through bad weather was like "the boat going through a load of brick walls".

About 30 cars were damaged when a ferry made a crossing from Poole to Jersey in force six winds. Cars bumbed into each other in the hold during the sailing yesterday.

In a statement, Condor Ferries operations director, Captain Fran Collins, said: “One of our high-speed ferries, Condor Vitesse, experienced severe weather conditions on yesterday’s crossing from Poole to the Channel Islands.

“The decision to undertake a sailing is determined by wave height rather than wind strength.

"No sailing is undertaken without reference to comprehensive and approved weather forecasting systems, and although conditions were very uncomfortable, the Captain was operating within safety limits at all times.

“The safety of our passengers and crew is our highest priority and many who travelled with us yesterday have praised the crew on board for their service during the crossing.

"Unfortunately, some vehicles did sustain some damage due to the severe weather conditions.

"Any passengers whose cars were damaged during the crossing have been provided with the relevant information in order to contact us.”

Click on the video below to see what passengers said after the sailing.