The life of a curious – and somewhat reckless – cat has been saved thanks to the quick actions of a ferry crew this afternoon (Monday).
According to an eyewitness, a kitten aboard the Red Funnel vehicle ferry managed to escape from the car it was travelling in and during it’s escape ended up accidentally jumping from the vehicle deck of the vessel.
The shocking event was witnessed by several passengers at 17:32 this afternoon as the Red Eagle left its berth in Southampton. They quickly alerted members of the crew – who subsequently notified the Captain.
Orders were swiftly given for the vessel’s crew to launch their emergency rescue RIB from the side of the ferry and attempt to rescue the young cat.
2 members of the ships crew searched the immediate area around the ferry and, in a stroke of luck, located the cat and recovered it to the rescue boat. The cat was brought back aboard the ferry where it was tended to, and has miraculously survived its ordeal, according to an eyewitness.
Red Funnel has released a statement regarding the incident, it reads:
Shortly after departure yesterday evening the 17:00 Southampton to Isle of Wight crossing on the Red Eagle ferry halted its journey to launch a rescue mission to save a kitten that had escaped and jumped overboard from deck C.
Captain Simon Brindle stopped the vessel allowing Ben Gibson, Deck Mate, and Mark Holland, Deckhand, to deploy a rescue boat and successfully rescued him from the water bringing him safely back on board.
Leanna Lakes, Operations Director at Red Funnel, said:
“We are incredibly proud of our Captain and crew on the Red Eagle for acting fast and saving one of our fluffy, four-legged passengers, and thank them for their brave efforts yesterday. We are happy to say that the cat was safely returned and is doing well.”