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BBC Scotland's Penny Macmillan reports
"Seacat said the council's costs would be reimbursed"
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Sunday, 29 October, 2000, 19:01 GMT
Football fans left stranded
Seacat ferry
A Seacat service had to be cancelled
A ferry operator has been criticised for not doing enough to help passengers stranded in port because of bad weather.

Seacat came under fire after 150 football fans could not sail to Belfast when high winds halted the service from Troon.

South Ayrshire Council had to find emergency accommodation in a town hall for 70 Rangers supporters - including 30 children - who were left stranded on Saturday night.

And they believe the ferry company should have done more for the passengers.

Councillor Andrew Hill said: "We must talk to them about future occurrences because we can't continually fund this sort of exercise."

Edinburgh Airport
A plane was toppled at Edinburgh Airport
However, the company later said that the council's costs would be reimbursed and that any passengers who paid for overnight accommodation would also get their money back.

The passengers were finally due to sail to Ireland on Sunday evening from Stranraer.

The cancelled services were among the many problems in Scotland as the country was battered by gales and heavy rain.

The weather forecast for Sunday and Monday suggests that the UK will remain in the grip of a low pressure zone, which will also cause temperatures to drop steadily throughout the week.

Sporadic flooding

Scotland bore the worst of the overnight weather, with high winds overturning a Cessna 172 jet at Edinburgh airport just before 0200GMT on Sunday.

Firefighters said the aeroplane was parked and nobody was on board.

A spokesman for Strathclyde Police reported sporadic flooding across the region, with some minor roads closed off.

However, no major roads were said to be affected.

In Dundee, the Tay Road Bridge was closed during the night and the Forth Road Bridge was only opened to cars on Sunday.

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