Wednesday, 14 December 2005
Muirneag - update
Yesterday, Caledonian MacBrayne published the results of their investigation into the 'incident' surrounding the sailing of MV Muirneag on November 11th.
She took 16 hours to make the 4 hour crossing from Ullapool to Stornoway in atrocious conditions. The forecast storms started earlier than forecast (the Met Office warning was issued too late), and Muirneag could only run with the wind. After ending up 28 miles north of Lewis, she finally managed to turn into the wind and gained the port at 3.35 a.m. the next morning. The vehicles on board Muirneag were thrown about, and suffered considerable damage. One passenger had to be airlifted off with head injuries. Nonetheless, the company did not feel that the captain had a case to answer. He had managed to bring the vessel into port, which was a commendation to the professionalism of himself and the crew.