The Times 4 Sep 1905. 'A terrible accident happened .. in the neighbourhood of Sandside ... 16 people from Hollinwood at Oldham had been staying at Lower Foulshaw Farm. At Saturday noon they were returning home via Arnside Station crossing the channel by ferry controlled by John Pearson of the Ship Inn Sandside. Sixteen passengers were to be carried across in an ordinary rowing boat in two batches.'
The tidal bore passed by and boat set off. One survivor said the water was almost over sides. It seems likely that the boat was probably overladen, possibly rolling in the strong swell. Sadly it tipped its ten unfortunate passengers into the fast-running waters. Six of whom drowned. KH