A FERRY carrying 300 passengers smashed into the port of Calais today – and all ferries to the UK from France were cancelled.
France’s Calais port was closed after a P&O ferry ran aground. It has since reopened.
The Pride of Kent vessel was on its way to Dover when it tried to leave the port in massive 90mph winds. Passengers were stuck on the ship but they have since been transferred to another vessel.
A spokesperson said a large gust of wind caused the ship to lose control. It became stuck on a sandbank. No one was injured but cross-channel traffic has been disrupted as a rescue operation takes place.
The port is currently subject to an orange alert for violent winds. “The ship is stable, the captaincy is seeing how to do it back,” a statement said. The crash came as Storm Ana caused chaise with monster 68mph winds. A total of 316 people, including 208 passengers, were on board the 11.55am ferry at the time of the crash.
Two tugboats were trying to pull the vessel back into the sea as a pilot boat helps. At 2.30pm the ferry went backwards, then backed up around 20m before coming to a standstill. A P&O spokesman said that no-one was injured. But efforts were underway to transfer the passengers to another vessel.
He said: “We can confirm that one of our ships ran aground whilst leaving the Port of Calais this afternoon. “There are no reported injuries, the ship was refloated within two hours and we hope to transfer our passengers to an alternative ship as soon as possible.”
The Port of Calais is currently closed due to extreme weather. Please check in as per your original sailing time and you will be accommodated on the first available sailing.”
Source: Daily Star