Photos shared with Island Echo reveal that the yacht ‘Greylag’ has been ripped apart as a result of the collision with the 3,953gt vessel, which is now subject to a Maritime Accident Investigation Branch enquiry.
As first reported by Island Echo, a major incident was declared yesterday as a result of Red Falcon running aground just 50m off the shoreline in East Cowes. The grounding came after colliding with 1 – possibly 2 – yachts in Cowes Harbour.
‘Cries for help’ and the sight of both a sunken boat and debris in the water resulted in a search and rescue operation involving Cowes RNLI, Calshot RNLI and Coastguard Rescue Teams from Bembridge, Ventnor and The Needles. Thankfully, it was ascertained that no persons were in the water and attention soon turned to the safe recovery of the Ro-Ro passenger ferry.
Earlier today Red Funnel’s CEO confirmed that the Captain and navigational crew at the helm of Red Falcon yesterday have been suspended as part of the investigations into the incident, which has attracted international media attention.
A normal timetabled service is being operated on Red Funnel’s East Cowes to Southampton route as a result of the Red Falcon being given a clean bill of health.