The Scotsman reported yesterday that, as they themselves described it, passengers on the cross-river Renfrew-Yoker ferry operated by Clydelink ‘got a bit of a fright’ when water flooded into the small passenger boat, Island Trader, after it sailed with its loading ramp open.
One passenger was quoted as saying: ‘The whole of one end of the boat was tipping down and the water was up to my ankles. People were jumping on seats.’
The Skipper evidently stopped the boat, mid-river, switched off the engines, put the pumps on, got the ramp closed and finished pumping out.
One reported narrative is that ‘the ferry had reversed across the river with the ramp down, then stopped in mid-stream for the skipper to collect fares, when the vessel turned round and start taking in water’.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has sent a report to the Procurator Fiscal on several incidents involving the company.