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ROV checks Corran Ferry service vessel for damage

Corran Ferry Image copyright Roger davies/geograph
Image caption The ferry was not thought to have been badly damaged but requires a safety check

Divers and a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) have been making checks of the boat used on Lochaber's Corran Ferry service for possible damage.

The vessel broke down before hitting rocks near a slipway at the weekend.

The vessel was not thought to have been badly damaged but it requires a full safety check.

The incident, along with the unavailability of a back-up ferry, has forced Highland Council to suspend the service.

An update on the state of the service is expected on Thursday.

The Corran Ferry allows access to and from the communities of Ardgour, Morvern and Ardnamurchan via a narrow stretch of Loch Linnhe.

It is also used by people and businesses on Mull, who first travel to the mainland on the Fishnish-Lochaline ferry.

The Corran Ferry and Fishnish-Lochaline services also offer tourists an alternative to the Oban to Mull ferry.

Highland Council operates the Corran Ferry service.

Divers and propeller engineers will make checks of the boat's steering system and hull.

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