MORE THAN 160 people took part in a training exercise at Poole port yesterday morning.

During the exercise 36 actors posing as ferry passengers, provided by the Casualties Union, were evacuated from a Condor Ferries’ vessel following a mock contamination incident.

The exercise was hosted by Poole Harbour Commissioners in conjunction with Condor Ferries, Borough of Poole and all of the emergency services.

Dave Laut, Poole Harbour Commissioners’ safety and security manager, said: “Today has been an important test of how well all these relevant organisations can come together and handle a potential crisis in Poole Harbour.

“The Casualties Union provided us with a true perspective of the potential fears experienced by passengers and were prepared to go to any length to follow the process, even undergoing full decontamination in the ‘pop up’ showers.”

He added: “We are extremely pleased with the results of the exercise; our collective goal is to maximise safety and to ensure the most efficient response to any potential incident in Poole Harbour.”