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.
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."
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.
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.
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