CalMac says sorry for Rothesay ferry breakdown

Colin Campbell's pic shows MV Argyle being assisted into Rothesay pier on Saturday, May 16, 2015 due to an engine fault.
Colin Campbell's pic shows MV Argyle being assisted into Rothesay pier on Saturday, May 16, 2015 due to an engine fault.

Caledonian MacBrayne has apologised to customers who were stuck on board MV Argyle for more than three hours on Saturday.

Sixty-four people were on board when the vessel developed an engine fault on its 8am crossing from Rothesay; the ship was unable to berth at Wemyss Bay due to lack of power and a stiff breeze, and needed help to dock at Rothesay pier shortly after 11am.

A spokesman for the ferry operator said: “We appreciate the patience of all the passengers who were affected by this technical issue which delayed their journey over the weekend. I would like to apologise to everyone affected, technical breakdowns are relatively rare but we appreciate the impact they have on people’s plans when they do happen.

“I would also like to remind passenger affected that through our passenger charter we will compensate people for their inconvenience when breakdowns do occur. Details on our website at www.calmac.co.uk.”

* Read more on this story, including accounts from two of the people on board Saturday’s sailing, in the May 22 edition of The Buteman - on sale now