Caledonian MacBrayne’s ferry Hebrides carrying nearly 80 passengers smashes into harbour wall

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A CALEDONIAN MacBrayne ferry has smashed into a harbour wall in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

The MV Hebrides, carrying nearly 80 passengers, was attempted to dock in Lochmaddy Marine in North Uist, Outer Hebrides, when it hit the wall.

It is believed the vessel - which was travelling from Tarbert on Harris - was unable to slow down due to engine problems before it crashed at 11am on Sunday (Sept 25).

Caledonian MacBrayne’s ferry Hebrides carrying nearly 80 passengers smashes into harbour wall

The Caledonian MacBrayne ferry Hebrides hit the harbour pontoons at Lochmaddy - Image courtesy: DJ Morrison

No passengers were injured during the incident.

As reported by the BBC, a Caledonian MacBrayne statement said: "A technical failure led to the vessel being unable to reduce speed sufficiently for the routine docking procedures and she struck both pontoons in Lochmaddy harbour and the seabed.

"No-one was injured and the vessel's hull remains intact. A total of 76 passengers and crew were on board, as well as 13 cars, one lorry and one motorhome."

The statement added that the boat was "safely at Lochmaddy".

It added that all passengers and vehicles have disembarked and alternative routes for those affected are being investigated.

An investigation is underway into what happened.

HEBRIDES - IMO 9211975

Caledonian MacBrayne Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship Hebrides - Image courtesy: Robbie Shaw

Source: Daily Record