Passenger jumps from Red Funnel ferry on Isle of Wight

Red Falcon

Red Falcon

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Digital Editor

A PASSENGER jumped from the deck of a ferry as it was docking this morning.

The incident happened on the Red Falcon, operated by Red Funnel, as it docked in Cowes at 11.45am following a sailing from Southampton.

The man threw a cigarette butt over the side of the vessel and then jumped in.

The ship’s rescue boat and crew managed to pull the man from the water and gave him life saving first-aid.

The passenger was travelling with his three carers but was able to jump overboard before they could react.

In a statement, Red Funnel said it would be conducting a full investigation, although the swift actions of the crew and staff apparently saved the passenger's life.

The firm added it "would like to thank the Isle of Wight emergency services for their support in what was a life-threatening situation."

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9:45pm Thu 24 May 12

jim_s1s says...

Probably didn't have a passport for Isle Of Wight.
Probably didn't have a passport for Isle Of Wight. jim_s1s
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11:40pm Thu 24 May 12

BenjiWinsor says...

As this passenger had 3 carers, he obviously has either learning, physical or mental health difficulties of a severe nature. I probably wouldn't joke about the near tragedy here. I guess a review will ask how the 3 carers were not enough to prevent this person jumping but I'd like to say a huge well done for the crew here in their actions in saving a life.
As this passenger had 3 carers, he obviously has either learning, physical or mental health difficulties of a severe nature. I probably wouldn't joke about the near tragedy here. I guess a review will ask how the 3 carers were not enough to prevent this person jumping but I'd like to say a huge well done for the crew here in their actions in saving a life. BenjiWinsor
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4:20am Fri 25 May 12

Verloren Hoop says...

Got to agree with BenjiWinsor. What were the carers doing? Anyone know?
Got to agree with BenjiWinsor. What were the carers doing? Anyone know? Verloren Hoop
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9:43am Fri 25 May 12

rudolph_hucker says...

Verloren Hoop wrote:
Got to agree with BenjiWinsor. What were the carers doing? Anyone know?
Probably smoking fags as well
[quote][p][bold]Verloren Hoop[/bold] wrote: Got to agree with BenjiWinsor. What were the carers doing? Anyone know?[/p][/quote]Probably smoking fags as well rudolph_hucker
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11:41am Fri 25 May 12

Beer Monster says...

Christ, poor bu99er, well done to the crew and emergency services for averting an unnecessary tragedy.
Christ, poor bu99er, well done to the crew and emergency services for averting an unnecessary tragedy. Beer Monster
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12:21pm Fri 25 May 12

BillyTheKid says...

Unless the man had a history of extreme, unpredictable behaviour, then the care workers would not have been anticipating it. This will probably get them off any accusations of negligence. But I can't help feeling that common sense would have made most of us more vigilant while in charge of a vulnerable adult, just to be on the safe side.
Unless the man had a history of extreme, unpredictable behaviour, then the care workers would not have been anticipating it. This will probably get them off any accusations of negligence. But I can't help feeling that common sense would have made most of us more vigilant while in charge of a vulnerable adult, just to be on the safe side. BillyTheKid
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11:08am Mon 28 May 12

winkle picker says...

The man does have a history of mental illness & unpredictable behaviour so he should never have been allowed to find himself in that position. He was taken back into care earlier in the year after an incident. I understand that he was on his way to court when this happened which explains why he was on the ferry. He is from Cowes.
The man does have a history of mental illness & unpredictable behaviour so he should never have been allowed to find himself in that position. He was taken back into care earlier in the year after an incident. I understand that he was on his way to court when this happened which explains why he was on the ferry. He is from Cowes. winkle picker
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