Calshot RNLI Lifeboat tasked to Red Funnel ferry collision
At 4.40pm on Saturday 29 September, Calshot RNLI's volunteer crew launched its Atlantic 85 lifeboat to a collision between a 31ft motor yacht and Red Funnel's 'Red Falcon' car ferry.
On arrival at the scene, Calshot RNLI crew boarded the motor yacht to assess the three casualties on board and the damage to the boat.
One casualty had sustained an injury to the head and another had wounds from broken glass to their hand. The vessel itself had sustained structural damage and partial engine failure.
Once the lifeboat crew had assessed the situation and casualties were stable, they were able to the escort the yacht to Cowes under its own steam.
On arrival into Cowes they were met by HM Ventnor Coastguard and the Isle of Wight ambulance services who were able to take over from there.
A spokesperson from Red Funnel confirmed that there had been no damage to the ferry and no injuries to passengers on board.
It is unclear as yet as to how the incident occurred and an investigation has been launched. This comes just days after Calshot RNLI launched to another incident involving a Red Funnel car ferry where the ferry had collided with moored vessels as it left Cowes, no persons had been injured.
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