Waverley passengers injured in horror pier crash
Passengers aboard the Waverley were seen ‘lying on the ground unable to move’ as it is confirmed that 17 people were injured after it crashed into a pier.
The Daily Record was told that the iconic paddle steamer rammed into Brodick Ferry Terminal on the Isle of Arran on yesterday afternoon.
It’s believed 213 passengers and 26 crew members were on the vessel at the time.
Police, fire, ambulance and coastguard rescue crews attended the scene when the alarm was raised just after 5pm.
One passenger who witnessed the horror said: “One guy had a broken arm. A few folk lying on the ground unable to move. I managed to get away with a few bumps and bruises but so many people got much worse.”
Another passenger described people being catapulted forward by the force of the impact. They said they saw people with bandages being tended to by paramedics as they left the boat with one person suffering what looked like a serious back injury.
Coastguards worked with other agencies to ensure everyone was removed safely from the vessel.
The Waverley, the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer, only resumed sailings last month having been halted due to lockdown restrictions.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman told the Daily Record earlier: “Police Scotland are currently on the scene at Brodick Ferry Terminal, Isle of Arran after an incident involving a steam boat which happened at 5.15pm.”
An HM Coastguard spokesperson said: “HM Coastguard received a VHF broadcast at 5.28pm on September 3 from a paddle steamer reporting a collision with Brodick Pier on the Isle of Arran.
“Arran rescue coastguard team has been sent to assist and to set up a helicopter landing site. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed. This is an ongoing incident and we have no further details at this time.”
The Scottish Ambulance Service and Waverley Excursions have been contacted for comment.
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