Isle of Wight ferry collapse: Four people hospitalised as Wightlink Ferries St Helen car ferry deck collapses at Fishbourne terminal

Four people hospitalised in ferry deck collapse
Four people were injured in the collapse (Picture: Solent)

The upper deck of a car ferry collapsed, leading to the hospitalisation of four people.

The Wightlink Ferries St Helen car ferry malfunctioned after arriving at the Isle of Wight from Portsmouth.

The four people affected, three passengers and one crew member, are being treated at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport with non-life threatening injuries.

The accident occurred at 9:30pm on the ferry at Fishbourne Terminal while it was carrying 181 passengers and 11 crew.

Karen Woods, a spokesperson for Wightlink Ferries, said the mezzanine deck ‘dropped a few feet and made contact with a lower deck’.

Four people have been injured after the car deck of a ferry collapsed. Three passengers and one crew member were rushed to hospital following the incident on the Wightlink ferry from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight. The ferry - with 181 passengers and 11 crew on board - had just docked and passengers were waiting in their cars to be let off when the deck crashed. Luckily, vehicles from the floor beneath had already disembarked when the mezzanine floor with nine cars on it dropped down 5ft at 10.30pm on Friday. Paramedics, police and firefighters were called to the scene in Fishbourne, Isle of Wight, and the four victims were taken to hospital. SEE OUR COPY FOR MORE DETAILS. Pictured: The scene of the incident.  © Darren Toogood/ Solent News & Photo Agency UK +44 (0) 2380 458800
An upper deck is said to have collapsed onto the lower level (Picture: Solent)

Wightlink ferries have stated that a full investigation is underway, while the ferry itself is routinely inspected and had undergone an engineering survey as recently as May.

The incident has been reported to the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

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