Seventeen injured after Waverley crashes into pier

A total of 17 people have been injured after the paddle steamer Waverley collided with Brodick Pier in Arran.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said "a number have been taken to hospital".

Police and paramedics were called the scene of the incident and coastguard rescue teams set up a helicopter landing site nearby.

MCA said it was believed that 213 passengers and 26 crew were on board the vessel when it struck the pier.

A coastguard rescue helicopter and and air ambulance were sent to Arran.

Falling passengers

One passenger, Graham McWilliams, told BBC Scotland's The Nine about the moment of collision.

He said: "As we came into the pier, everything seemed quite normal.

"Then there was a sudden crash, a loud bang, and the boat stopped very quickly. I saw people falling and it was quite distressing."

He added: "There was a lady that I saw who literally flew past the window."

Mr McWilliams said that, several hours after the accident, passengers were still milling about the ferry terminal at Brodick.

He said it was unclear if they would be able to leave the island or whether accommodation could be found for them.

'Far too fast'

Rita McLeod, who was waiting to board the Waverley, said she saw people being taken away in ambulances.

"We were actually queued up waiting to get in when it crashed," she said. "It came in bow first. It came in far too fast."

"We saw a lot of people falling, a few people fell over. There were people taken away in ambulances.

"We saw a lot of people, pretty badly shaken, coming off."

The ship was due to into Brodick at about 17.00 after leaving Greenock in the morning.

Another eyewitness saw the crash from the departure terminal as she waited to board.

Anne Cochrane from Bishopbriggs near Glasgow, said: "It just crashed into the pier when it was coming back from the Holy Isle. We're just stuck in the departure terminal. We've had no information."

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed of the incident.

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