An Independent Councillor is calling for urgent action to be taken after the Tory bound ferry struck a floating water main this morning.
Cllr Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig was speaking after the vessel struck the Gola Island waterline at Magheraroarty Harbour.
The captain of the ferry, Mr Hugh Mac Suibhne, told Donegal Daily the exposed pipe is an accident waiting to happen.
“At 7:15 this morning while taking the Torry Ferry to Magheraroarty I ran over the gola waterline. I luckily had the boat out of gear and didn’t do any damage,” he said.
“This time of year we use Bunbeg alot and have to travel in darkness and now to have this added obstruction in the bay is a disgrace. It’s putting the safety of the crew and the boat in jeopardy.”
Mr Mac Suibhne said The waterline has been an issue for some time.
“It seems Donegal County Council and Irish Water are quite happy to leave a few hundred metres of pipe floating near an entrance to an important harbour,” he continued.
“To not even have it marked by buoys or lights is a disgrace in this day and age. I’ve reported it to Malin Head (Coast Guard). Any help with sorting this issue would be greatly appreciated before a serious serious accident happens.”
Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said he will be contacting council officials as soon as possible.