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Transport / Leirna back in service after being damaged in high winds

Bressay ferry Leirna.

THE BRESSAY ferry Leirna has returned to service after suffering damage last week in windy weather.

The ro-ro ferry was taken out of service on Friday morning after a violent gust tore her from her mooring at the Bressay ferry terminal and flung her against the loading ramp, damaging her hull above the water line.

No-one was injured in the incident but a car is reported to have been damaged while disembarking from the ferry.

The council ferry Fivla was brought in to run the service while Leirna underwent repairs over the weekend.

A spokesperson for Shetland islands Council said: “We can confirm that a vehicle sustained minor damage just before 9 am on Friday at the Bressay ferry terminal, when the Leirna moved at her berth due to very high winds.

“No-one was injured during the incident, though the vessel did also sustain slight damage to her hull.

“This has been repaired, the Leirna is now back in service, and an investigation is underway into the incident.”

The spokesperson added that the service was running as normal at the time; and that it is believed the incident happened during a very strong gust.