The life of a curious – and somewhat reckless – cat was saved thanks to the swift actions of a ferry crew this afternoon (Monday).

According to an eyewitness, a kitten aboard the Red Funnel vehicle ferry managed to escape from the car it was traveling in and during its escape ended up accidentally jumping off the ship’s vehicle deck.

The shocking event was observed by several passengers at 5:32 pm this afternoon as the Red Eagle left its berth in Southampton. They quickly alerted the crew – who then notified the captain.

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Orders were quickly given for the ship’s crew to launch their emergency rescue RIB from the side of the ferry and attempt to save the young cat.

2 members of the ship’s crew searched the immediate surroundings of the ferry and luckily located the cat and retrieved it from the rescue boat. The cat was brought back to the ferry where he was being treated and miraculously survived his ordeal, according to an eyewitness.


Red Funnel released a statement regarding the incident, it reads:

Shortly after leaving last night, the 5:00 p.m. crossing from Southampton to the Isle of Wight on the Red Eagle ferry interrupted its journey to launch a rescue mission to save a kitten that had escaped and jumped over- above deck C.

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Captain Simon Brindle stopped the ship, allowing Ben Gibson, deckhand and Mark Holland, deckhand, to deploy a lifeboat and save it from the water by bringing it safely back on board.

Leanna Lakes, Director of Operations at Red Funnel, said:

“We are incredibly proud of our captain and crew on the Red Eagle for acting quickly and saving one of our fluffy four-legged passengers, and thank them for their courageous efforts yesterday. We are happy to say that the cat has been made safe and well.

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