Four injured as Isle of Wight ferry deck collapses

Four people were treated in hospital after the upper deck of a car ferry collapsed.

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Ferry deck collapse to resume "limited service" today

Wightlink will today bring St Helen back into limited service.

The upper deck of the ferry collapsed last week, injuring four people.

Investigations have been taking place to find out what happened as Wightlink is carrying out its own investigation.

The mezzanine deck which collapsed will not be in use as it resumes service from Portsmouth to Fishbourne.

Chief Operating Officer John Burrows said:

The safety of our customers is always our priority at Wightlink. Bringing the St Helen back into limited service, with her mezzanine decks safely secured out of use, will help us to get as many people to and from the Isle of Wight as possible. All of our ships undergo regular, planned maintenance and, even though St Helen’s mezzanine deck is of a different design to our other vessels, we have taken the precaution of having all our mezzanine decks independently inspected and we will continue to check them daily.

– John Burrows, Chief Operating Officer
The St Helen will resume a limited service from today Credit: ITV Meridian

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Victims describe moment ferry deck collapsed

One of the four people who were injured when a ferry deck collapsed on Friday has spoken to ITV News Meridian.

The incident on the Wightlink Ferry happened at around 10:30pm on Friday night as passengers disembarked at the Fishbourne terminal on the Isle of Wight.

Rachael Hyde and Jesse Young were stuck on the ferry deck when it collapsed on friday.

The mezzanine deck, which had nine cars on it, collapsed on to the deck beneath it as it was being lowered. Luckily, vehicles on the lower deck had already left the ferry.

Ferry firm say full safety checks have been carried out on other ships after deck collapse

Investigation is underway to find out why the deck collapsed Credit: Darren Toogood, Island Echo

Wightlink Ferries conducted full safety checks on its other ferries overnight following the incident which affected the St Helen last night.

Engineers inspected and tested the mezzanine decks before returning the ships to service. St Helen remains out of service.

As well as conducting its own investigation, Wightlink says it will be cooperating fully with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency investigations. While those investigations are underway, Wightlink will not be making further comment on the possible cause of the incident.

Wightlink added, "St Helen, in common with all Wightlink ferries, is inspected regularly by external surveyors. The last independent engineering survey of the ship, including its mezzanine decks, took place in May 2014 following her annual maintenance and refit."

No significant disruption is expected as a result of the incident.

Four people injured in ferry deck collapse released from hospital

Four people who were injured when a ferry deck collapsed have been released from hospital.

The incident on the Wightlink Ferry happened at around 10:30 last night as passengers disembarked at the Fishbourne terminal on the island.

The mezzanine deck, which had nine cars on it, collapsed on to the deck beneath it as it was being lowered. Vehicles on the lower deck had already left the ferry.

Four people were injured when the ferry deck collapsed Credit: Darren Toogood, Island Echo
Four people were injured when the ferry deck collapsed Credit: Darren Toogood, Island Echo

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Four injured after Isle of Wight ferry deck collapses

Four people were injured when the ferry deck collapsed Credit: Darren Toogood, Island Echo

Four people are being treated in hospital after the upper deck of a car ferry collapsed on the Isle of Wight. The incident on the Wightlink Ferry happened at around 10:30 last night as passengers disembarked at the Fishbourne terminal on the island.

The mezzanine deck, which had nine cars on it, collapsed on to the deck beneath it as it was being lowered. Vehicles on the lower deck had already left the ferry.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at 10:30pm Credit: Darren Toogood, Island Echo

The St Helen car ferry, which sailed at 9.30pm from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight had 181 passengers and 11 crew on board.

Karen Woods, a spokeswoman for the company, said the deck "dropped a few feet and made contact with the lower deck."

3 passengers and 1 member of crew were injured Credit: Darren Toogood, Island Echo

One member of the crew and three passengers were taken to St Mary's Hospital by ambulance. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening but it's not yet known whether those injured were in cars on the mezzanine deck or were on the level beneath it. A full investigation is under way and the incident has been reported to the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

Four people were injured when the deck collapsed Credit: Darren Toogood, Island Echo

Portsmouth police have warned of delays for people hoping to travel to the Isle of Wight from the city because of the incident.

Wightlink Ferries said the St Helen car ferry is inspected regularly by external surveyors and last underwent an engineering survey, including its mezzanine decks, in May following its annual refit.

The incident happened at around 10:30 pm last night Credit: Darren Toogood, Island Echo
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