Portsmouth ferry is out of action after hitting seabed

Commodore Clipper
Commodore Clipper

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A Portsmouth ferry is being examined after hitting the seabed earlier today.

Commodore Clipper, which is run by Condor Ferries, runs between Portsmouth and the Channel Islands.

Earlier today she is believed to have hit the sea bottom in the Small Russel while en route to Guernsey.

She is now afloat alongside in St Peter Port and is being surveyed to check her condition, and her timetable has been suspended for 24 hours.

Condor says that a revised timetable is likely to be run for the rest of the week.

Passengers due to travel this evening from Guernsey to Jersey have disembarked in Guernsey and have been provided with food and accommodation at Condor Ferries’ expense in local hotels.

They will be offered alternative travel to Jersey on the fast ferry or a refund.

Guests who were due to travel from Guernsey and Jersey to the UK tonight on the Clipper are being offered a refund or alternative travel on high speed services into Weymouth, and Condor will meet the costs of their onward travel to Portsmouth if required. Guests booked for the rest of the week are being contacted and offered a refund or alternative travel. Freight customers are being contacted individually.

The high speed and Commodore Goodwill services will continue to operate and guests due to travel on these services should check in as usual.