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Ferry hits pier at Oban in strong winds

A ferry with 177 people on board hit the pier at Oban, in Argyll, in 70mph winds on Saturday.

The Caledonian MacBrayne vessel, MV Isle of Mull, had its bow damaged when the crash happened at about 14:16.

Clyde Coastguard said all passengers were landed safely with no injuries reported.

It is the second time in less than a week that a ferry has been involved in a collision. A vessel from Arran hit a harbour wall on Tuesday evening.

The Brodick to Ardrossan service was caught by a gust of wind as it approached the harbour in Ayrshire.

A CalMac spokesman said: "The MV Isles of Mull came into contact with the pier in Oban as a result of being struck by a 60 knots (70 mph) gust of wind on her approach.

"Her bow visor and the gangway were both damaged as a result. No-one was injured.

"A detailed assessment of the damage will be carried out and once complete we will be able to establish how long repairs are likely to take."

Another vessel, Herbidean Isles, is being used for the Oban to Craignure crossing in the meantime.

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