Calshot RNLI Lifeboat tasked to Red Funnel ferry collision

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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.

Motor yacht damage after collision with Red Funnel car ferry

RNLI/Laura Bean

Motor yacht damage after collision with Red Funnel car ferry
The incident took place just off of Calshot Spit whilst both vessels were making their journey towards Cowes.

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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Motor yacht damage after collision with Red Funnel car ferry

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Motor yacht damage after collision with Red Funnel car ferry

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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