Royal Navy landing craft collides with Cremyll Ferry

Cremyll Ferry The Cremyll Ferry was holed in the collision

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A Royal Navy landing craft on its way to a training exercise has collided with a pedestrian ferry, the Navy said.

The crash between the craft from HMS Raleigh and the Cremyll Ferry happened at about 10:00 GMT on Thursday near Mayflower Marina at Stonehouse, Plymouth.

A spokesman for the Navy said there are no reported injuries.

The Cremyll Ferry has been damaged and is out of service. The landing craft is returning to Devonport Naval Base.

The small pedestrian passenger ferry operates from Cremyll in Cornwall across the River Tamar to Stonehouse.

A navy spokesman said: "The landing craft was on the way to Plymouth Sound to take part in a training exercise with two small Royal Naval inflatable boats.

"The exercise was to allow the drivers of rigid inflatable boats to practise coming alongside a larger vessel - ie the landing craft.

"The landing craft is returning to Devonport Naval Base, Plymouth."

He added that there were three Royal Navy personnel on board the landing craft and two passengers on board the ferry as well as the crew.

A spokeswoman for the Cremyll Ferry said a relief ferry is covering the service.

The Queen's Harbour Master is liaising with the Maritime Coastguard Agency and the causes of the incident are being investigated.

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