Movement of chain on slipway while chain ferry Bramble Bush Bay was approaching with 1 person injured

Location: Approaching Studland slipway, England.

Completed PE Summary: Bramble Bush Bay

A short summary of the accident and action taken:

Merchant Vessel/Accident Details
Vessel Name Bramble Bush Bay
Registered Owner/Manager The Bournemouth Swanage Motor Road & Ferry Company
Flag UK
Type Passenger ferry
Construction Steel
Gross tonnage 525
Date 04/08/2005
Location of incident Poole harbour area
Incident Type Accident to person
Injuries/ fatalities Severe injuries to child’s foot
Damage/ Pollution None/None


This car/passenger chain ferry was approaching the Studland slipway during one of its routine crossings. When about 25 metres from the slipway, one of the main chains moved. This movement was normal and built into the design.

A young child was standing on the chain as it moved. Unfortunately, this caused her foot to become trapped against a fixed bracket, causing serious injury.

Action taken

To avoid a similar accident occurring in the future the Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents has made a recommendation to Bournemouth– Swanage Motor & Road Ferry Company on:

  • Risk assessments and management procedures that ensure safety related issues are promptly addressed.

Published 23 January 2015