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Ferry master told to heed weather
The Muirneag, crossing The Minch. Picture courtesy of Ships of Calmac/Chris Murray
The Muirneag, crossing The Minch. Picture courtesy of Ships of Calmac/Chris Murray
The master of a ferry forced to sail 60 miles off course to escape a storm has been told to pay better attention to weather forecasts.

Freight vessel MV Muirneag was caught in bad weather crossing from Ullapool to Stornoway last November.

Vehicles and cargo in the hold were thrown about and one crew member was injured and airlifted to hospital.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency report concluded that the master should pay more attention to the weather forecast.

The Muirneag had left Ullapool for Stornoway when it sailed into storm conditions in The Minch.

Follow procedures

The master was forced to sail the vessel - which serves a Caledonian MacBrayne route - 60 miles off course to try and escape the worst of the conditions during the 16-hour ordeal.

On Thursday, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the master of the Muirneag was aware of the bad weather but had expected to complete the voyage before being caught by it.

The agency added that the cargo was inadequately lashed for a journey in bad weather.

In their report, investigators reminded the master to pay greater attention to the weather forecast and follow procedures for securing freight.

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