Ves­sel back in wa­ter by ac­ci­dent

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

A Loch Lomond pad­dle steamer due to un­dergo a his­toric slip­ping has ac­ci­den­tally ended up in the wa­ter after re­straints broke.

The Maid of the Loch, pic­tured, was due to be hauled out of the wa­ter by its orig­i­nal winch house at the Bal­loch Steam Slip­way yes­ter­day for re­fur­bish­ment work to be car­ried out.

The four-hour process be­gan at 10am, but just after 1.30pm a prob­lem arose and the cra­dle sup­port­ing the 191ft ves­sel snapped and it slipped back into the loch.

Some vol­un­teers on the slip­way had to jump out of the way of the ship as it slid back down into the wa­ter.

With only a few hours of day­light left, a de­ci­sion was made to re­turn the Maid to its usual berth while crew mem­bers ex­am­ined what went wrong.

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