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Weather damaged ferry enroute to Tiree forced to return to Oban

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A Cal Mac ferry is undergoing repairs after suffering damage in bad weather at the weekend.

The stern mooring fairleads were ripped off the MV Hebridean Isles as she attempted to berth in Tiree in a heavy swell on Saturday. She also sustained damage to railings.

Observers said there was a loud bang when the berthing hardware – used to guide mooring ropes – was torn off the deck.

No one was injured during the incident it is understood.

The vessel returned to Oban without discharging passengers or vehicles.

She is now undergoing repairs at a yard on the Clyde.

The MV Hebridean Isles had just taken up the route as relief while the MV Clansman is away for her annual refit.

The Lochboisdale ferry, MV Lord of the Isles, has been taken off her own South Uist run to cover the Tiree and Colonsay routes.

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