Three people injured and 41 cars damaged on board Condor Vitesse during crossing from Weymouth

Three people injured and 41 cars damaged during stormy ferry crossing

Three people injured and 41 cars damaged during stormy ferry crossing

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THREE people were injured and 41 cars were damaged on board a Condor Ferry as it travelled from Weymouth to the Channel Islands.

The incident happened on board the Condor Vitesse on Sunday afternoon as strong winds and rain from ex-hurricane Bertha swept through the English Channel.

Passengers on board were left shaken following the incident and the injuries suffered by the three crew members are only thought to be minor, with the owners of the cars that were damaged now working with the ferry company to get them repaired.

The firm was criticised for sailing in rough conditions on social media and one passenger, Andy Grant, tweeted: “Travelled on the condor 4.30 JSY-GSY-POL. Horrendous journey. Got off at Guernsey, youngest daughter terrified.”

Captain Fran Collins, ports and guest services director of Condor Ferries, said conditions were within the set safety limits.

She said: “Localised, adverse weather conditions during a crossing from Weymouth to the Channel Islands caused minor injuries to three crew members and damage to 41 vehicles on board the Condor Vitesse on Sunday, August 10.

“Items in the duty free and restaurant areas were also affected.

“At the time Vitesse set sail wave heights were within externally set safe limits and this remained the case throughout the journey.

“The vessel was prepared for sea in accordance with all company procedures for heavy weather, however, as the vessel approached the waters around Casquets Lighthouse, a patch of unforeseeable and highly localised high waves developed, aggravated by tidal conditions in the area which cause the vessel to move heavily in the seaway.

“The ship’s Master immediately reduced the vessel’s speed to minimise this but unfortunately some damage had already occurred.”

Captain Collins added: “Safety is always our highest priority and I’d like to thank the crews of all our ships including Condor Vitesse, who worked extremely hard in difficult conditions to make the journey as comfortable as possible for our guests.

“We are working with those passengers whose vehicles were damaged during the crossing to ensure a swift resolution to their claims.”

 

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8:53am Tue 12 Aug 14

60plus says...

Should never have sailed with all the warning given out over Bertha ,The captain needs repremanding.
Should never have sailed with all the warning given out over Bertha ,The captain needs repremanding. 60plus
  • Score: -12

8:58am Tue 12 Aug 14

Townee says...

Makes a change for them to sail, normally they won't sail if there is a storm a thousand miles away. We have had sailing canceled many times when there was a chance of a swell.
Makes a change for them to sail, normally they won't sail if there is a storm a thousand miles away. We have had sailing canceled many times when there was a chance of a swell. Townee
  • Score: 6

9:53am Tue 12 Aug 14

Redgolfer says...

As I have said many times in this paper, I would not go on those tubs AGAIN even being paid to do so ???
As I have said many times in this paper, I would not go on those tubs AGAIN even being paid to do so ??? Redgolfer
  • Score: -16

10:13am Tue 12 Aug 14

scrumpyjack says...

Oh this is the Sunday where certain people suggested there was 'no adverse weather in the area'.

Makes you wonder what would have happened if there was eh Mr H and Mr P...?.
Oh this is the Sunday where certain people suggested there was 'no adverse weather in the area'. Makes you wonder what would have happened if there was eh Mr H and Mr P...?. scrumpyjack
  • Score: -3

10:31am Tue 12 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

I don't think for one moment that these problems were expected, it is very unfortunate, the company are having to pay now for the damage to people's cars, which will be a fair bit, already spending money on this new ship, the Clipper, It is all extra money being paid out as it is, don't reckon for one minute paying out for damage to 41 vehicles is top of their agenda. Probably not, like has been said, the wave height came as unforeseeable conditions. Bad run of luck this lot are having at the moment!!
I don't think for one moment that these problems were expected, it is very unfortunate, the company are having to pay now for the damage to people's cars, which will be a fair bit, already spending money on this new ship, the Clipper, It is all extra money being paid out as it is, don't reckon for one minute paying out for damage to 41 vehicles is top of their agenda. Probably not, like has been said, the wave height came as unforeseeable conditions. Bad run of luck this lot are having at the moment!! FerryFan
  • Score: 6

2:20pm Tue 12 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

I see I am in the poop in the Dorset Echo version of this story - oh dear how sad, never mind. Not supposed to be annoyed at a joke - crikey, lol!!!
I see I am in the poop in the Dorset Echo version of this story - oh dear how sad, never mind. Not supposed to be annoyed at a joke - crikey, lol!!! FerryFan
  • Score: -4

2:27pm Tue 12 Aug 14

kazjaf1 says...

I went on the condor years ago and the 'waves were not supposed to be too bad'we had just got over half way when we hit force 10 with the waves going over the top of the condor-a very frightening experience,it took a lot of years to build up the courage to go on again.Why did they sail this time when everyone had been warned about the hurricane????
I went on the condor years ago and the 'waves were not supposed to be too bad'we had just got over half way when we hit force 10 with the waves going over the top of the condor-a very frightening experience,it took a lot of years to build up the courage to go on again.Why did they sail this time when everyone had been warned about the hurricane???? kazjaf1
  • Score: -7

3:32pm Tue 12 Aug 14

justme20092009 says...

ha ha ha ha
ha ha ha ha justme20092009
  • Score: -2

5:20pm Tue 12 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

I will still travel - not put me off!!
I will still travel - not put me off!! FerryFan
  • Score: -1

6:32pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Gastines3 says...

Normally I believe any damage occurring on ferries is down to your own insurance.Please correct me if I'm wrong. I would expect in this case the car insurers will be looking at Condor for same payment due to their negligence in sailing in adverse conditions.
Normally I believe any damage occurring on ferries is down to your own insurance.Please correct me if I'm wrong. I would expect in this case the car insurers will be looking at Condor for same payment due to their negligence in sailing in adverse conditions. Gastines3
  • Score: -1

7:18pm Tue 12 Aug 14

alasdair1967 says...

Superb in calm conditions but as soon as in a swell they live up to there nickname the "vomit comet "
Superb in calm conditions but as soon as in a swell they live up to there nickname the "vomit comet " alasdair1967
  • Score: 1

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