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WIGHTLINK PASSENGER’S CAR WINDOW SMASHED AS FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT BREAKS FREE

The rear window of a car belonging to a passenger travelling on Wightlink’s Portsmouth-Fishbourne car ferry has been smashed by a piece of firefighting equipment.

During the 14:00 sailing from Pompey to the Island, part of the firefighting equipment fixed to the frame of the ship fell.

The Skoda driver returned to their vehicle to find a large metal pipe on top of the vehicle with their rear window smashed.

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It is currently unclear why the pipe detached from the frame of St Faith, Wightlink’s oldest ferry in their fleet. MV St Faith was launched into service in 1990 – 30 years ago.

Wightlink says they are in touch with the customer and will resolve the issue.

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Betty
Betty
1 year ago

Well at least the ferry was running !!!

Nige
Nige
Reply to  Betty
1 year ago

Lol love the comment

Bert
Bert
1 year ago

Good job not one was injured

Den
Den
1 year ago

they had to cancel the next sailing ‘due an error from an essential piece of equipment’ lol

Old bean
Old bean
1 year ago

Well it is shitlink are you surprised

Bob Frapples
Bob Frapples
1 year ago

It could have been worse, if they’d been on the IoW it would have been a lamp post or a wall jumping out on the car

Marcus
Marcus
1 year ago

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Sam
Sam
1 year ago

I wonder what’s in the 2 blue container by the car ?

none given
none given
Reply to  Sam
1 year ago

There is a fire hose above in the red box on the wall -the blue containers are probably a detergent type liquid that the hose attached to that yellow inductor that has smashed the window, goes into. The firefighting hose is then attached to the yellow inductor and allows the crew to attack any oil based fires with self generated foam, as the detergent type liquid, will mix with high pressure water and create foam – suited to fighting a fire in a car engine – last thing you want to do, is put plain water on an oil fire.

David Smith
David Smith
1 year ago

Bring on the fixed link this won’t happening the tunnel

Helen
Helen
1 year ago

I just hope they hadnt left a pet in the car for the crossing.

Adrian Moran
Adrian Moran
1 year ago

It came loose because someone didn’t check it, did they. But no doubt it won’t be Wightlinks fault. Probably due to unsupervised, unexpected and non scheduled catastrophic failure of a self sealing stem bolt. So, it’s nothing to do with us guv!

Common Sense
Common Sense
1 year ago

Reminds me of the Jasper Carrott “Insurance Claims”….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhDwz2bmey0

Lol ok
Lol ok
1 year ago

Something similar happened to our car on the ferry had to pay over £600 to repair our car couple of years ago, Over weeks of emails and phone calls Wightlink claimed they were not at fault and stuck to it like concrete. So did not get any help towards payment for repairs because we had a free cup of tea on the ferry at the time it happened that apparently was enough. I hope this person does not get the same and has compensation for this! And glad nobody was hurt!

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