BREAK DOWN HITS COWES FLOATING BRIDGE

UPDATED: The Cowes Floating Bridge has broken down less than 24 hours after entering service, resulting in motorists and foot passengers becoming stranded on board.

At just before 11:00 it is said all power was lost to the vessel as it departed from the East Cowes side of the River Medina.

A number of Island Echo readers are now stuck on board Floating Bridge No. 6, which has cost the Isle of Wight Council over £3million.

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Within just hours of the vessel beginning its 25-year career yesterday (Saturday), it came under fire due to vehicles being unable to disembark without scraping the slipway. The matter is yet to be resolved.

An engineer has been called to the scene in an attempt to restore power to the vessel and get members of the public on their way.

UPDATE @ 12:25 – Staff have been able to manually override the technical issue and have now landed at East Cowes.

Passengers and vehicles have disembarked from the floating bridge, however the service has been suspended.

A foot passenger launch is to be put in place as soon as possible. It is unknown when the floating bridge will resume a normal service.

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UPDATE MONDAY – The Cowes Floating Bridge has now re-entered service for both vehicles and pedestrians.

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