Fire officer to rescue of the ferry

Published: 11 Jan 2012 09:300 comments

At the height of the 60 hours power cut on the island of Cumbrae last week the local fire brigade managed to get the ferry in and out of the slipway.

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MILLPORT Fire Brigade and the council joined forces last week to aid islanders who were in danger of being stranded by the 60 hours power cut.

A special emergency operation was launched last Thursday after Local Watch Commander Douglas McArthur - who is in charge of Millport Community Fire Station - was passing the island ferry slipway and noticed a large number of vehicles and foot passengers waiting for the ferry to arrive.

To his great concern, the vehicles waiting in darkness due to the power cut which had hit the island community since Tuesday also included an ambulance attempting to transfer a patient to the mainland.

However, on contacting Caledonian MacBryane staff he discovered that, due to health and safety regulations, the ferry operator required adequate lighting for the slipway to be used after dark, and that passengers and vehicles could not be transported until this was in place.

Full story in the Largs & Millport News of January 11.

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