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:

Registered Owner & Manager:   The Bournemouth Swanage Motor Road & Ferry Company
Flag:   UK
Type:   Passenger Ferry
Construction:   Steel
Length overall:   0.1
Gross tonnage:   525.00
Date   04/08/05
Location of incident:   Poole harbour area
Incident Type:   Accident to Person
Injuries/ fatalities:   A child recieved severe injuries to her foot
Damage/ Pollution:   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