Wave Strikes Ferry, All Safe
Today the East By West Ferry, 0805 sailing with 42 passengers, mainly going to Scots College encountered a large wave. This wave took out the front windows. The next wave also went through the front windows.
As water entered the ferry the skipper Lance Hermans and crew Anand Gaskin mustered passengers in the main cabin.
Police and rescue services were on the scene very shortly after a maday call was made. All passengers were successfully rescued to Seatoun.
The ferry which appears not to have had any structural damage to the hulls. Arrangements are being made for the vessel to be towed back to its main berth.
We are exceptionally relieved that all passengers are safe and very proud of how our crew and passengers have handled this serious situation.
For further media information please visit the following link: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4721432/Passengers-rescued-off-Wellington-ferry
1100, Wednesday 2nd March
The Wellingotn Harbour Ferry from Days Bay to Seatoun was innvolved with taking on heavy seas as it arrrived at Seatoun this morning.
The ferry with 42 passengers were all safely transfered from the ferry and rescued from the harbour.
Currently the ferry and 2 crew are under the safegaurd of the Police Launch Queen Elizabeth IV.
1000, Wednesday 2nd March.