Eyewitnesses say the paddle steamer struck the pier
A complete of 17 folks have been injured after the paddle steamer Waverley collided with Brodick Pier in Arran.
The Maritime and Coastguard Company (MCA) mentioned “a quantity have been taken to hospital” following the incident.
Individuals stranded in Arran had been later due returned to the mainland by an emergency crusing of a CalMac ferry.
Police, paramedics, coastguards and rescue helicopters had been scrambled to the scene after the alarm was raised at about 17:15.
MCA mentioned it was believed that 213 passengers and 26 crew had been on board the vessel when it struck the pier.
One passenger, Graham McWilliams, informed BBC Scotland’s The 9 in regards to the second of collision.
He mentioned: “As we got here into the pier, every little thing appeared fairly regular.
“Then there was a sudden crash, a loud bang, and the boat stopped in a short time. I noticed folks falling and it was fairly distressing.”
Passenger Graham McWilliams described a sudden crash because the paddle steamer hit the pier
He added: “There was a girl that I noticed who actually flew previous the window.”
Mr McWilliams mentioned that, a number of hours after the accident, passengers had been nonetheless milling in regards to the ferry terminal at Brodick.
He mentioned it was unclear if they might be capable of go away the island or whether or not lodging could possibly be discovered for them.
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson later tweeted to say preparations had been made for CalMac to function an emergency crusing to take the Waverley passengers again to the mainland.
‘Far too quick’
Rita McLeod, who was ready to board the Waverley, mentioned she noticed folks being taken away in ambulances.
“We had been really queued up ready to get in when it crashed,” she mentioned. “It got here in bow first. It got here in far too quick.”
“We noticed lots of people falling, a number of folks fell over. There have been folks taken away in ambulances.
“We noticed lots of people, fairly badly shaken, coming off.”
The ship was as a consequence of into Brodick at about 17.00 after leaving Greenock within the morning.
A fireplace engine and different emergency providers had been seen kind the terminal constructing
One other eyewitness noticed the crash from the departure terminal as she waited to board.
Anne Cochrane from Bishopbriggs close to Glasgow, mentioned: “It simply crashed into the pier when it was getting back from the Holy Isle. We’re simply caught within the departure terminal. We have had no info.”
The Marine Accident Investigation Department has been knowledgeable of the incident.
The Waverley has simply returned to service after present process repairs
The Waverley set sail for the primary time in two yr lower than two weeks in the past, an occasion which was itself delayed as a consequence of an “surprising technical and administration challenge”.
The ship, described because the world’s final seagoing paddle steamer, missed the 2019 season because it waited for pressing repairs.
A funding enchantment was launched in June 2019 and it hit its goal in December after receiving a obtained a £1m grant from the Scottish authorities to assist with the restoration.
This paddle steamer, constructed by A & J Inglis of Glasgow and first launched in October 1946, has been concerned in accidents earlier than.
It struck the breakwater at Dunoon with 700 passengers on board, 12 of whom suffered minor accidents, in June 2009
In July 1977 it was badly broken when it struck rocks close to Dunoon.
In 2017, it was concerned in one other collision at Rothesay.