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04/09/2020

CalMac helps rescue stranded passengers - crew thanked

CalMac Ferries Limited ensured that Waverley passengers who were stranded on Arran last night were taken safely back to the mainland. 

A special sailing of the MV Caledonian Isles ferry was put on so that people who had been travelling on the Waverley were able to return to Ardrossan. The boat left Brodick at 10.35pm with 138 passengers onboard, landing on the mainland an hour later. 

CalMac stepped in following discussions between Transport Scotland, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and emergency services. 

Robbie Drummond, Managing Director of CalMac, said: "We were shocked to hear of the situation in Brodick harbour involving the Waverley, and my thoughts and best wishes are with those who were injured. 

"We were more than happy to help return passengers to the mainland and worked closely with agencies including Waverley Excursions, who transported everyone onwards once they landed in Ardrossan. 

"I would like to extend my deep gratitude to the crew on the Caledonian Isles and at Brodick and Ardrossan for their willingness to help out. Without them, this would not have been possible and their help in this case is one of many reasons why I am so proud of the CalMac team." 

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