The Glenelg Ferry ran aground yesterday on its first day of service under new operators, just two days after we reported the safety of its future (Glenelg Ferry gets reprieve
The six car vessel hit the rocks shortly after it had left the slipway at Glenelg. Lifeboats from Kyle of Lochalsh and Mallaig were launched but a local fishing boat was first on the scene and towed the ferry back to the pier where its seven passengers and three cars disembarked unscathed. A spokesman for Stornoway Coastguard said that the ferry had suffered superficial damage but was able to resume service later in the day.
The Isle of Skye Ferry Community Interest Company has funded pledges of £90,000 but requires a further £60,000 to buy the vessel outright. Ferry owner Roddy MacLeod is allowing the group to operate the service as normal during the coming months in the hope that the remaining finance can be secured.
UPDATE 03/07/2006: Gleneg Ferry back in service