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CARS FORCED TO REVERSE OFF COWES FLOATING BRIDGE AS IT RUNS AGROUND

Photo: Noel Turner-Brooks

UPDATED: The troubled Cowes Floating Bridge has run aground in East Cowes this afternoon (Wednesday), resulting in vehicles having to reverse off.

At around 13:30 passengers and vehicles were loaded onto the chain ferry, but crew soon discovered they were hard aground.

All passengers have now been disembarked and Council staff are in the process of helping drivers to reverse back up the steep slipway.

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It is currently unknown when the service will resume, which of course will have a knock on effect for visitors to Cowes Week.

A queue has already formed in anticipation of a now-regular replacement launch.

UPDATE @ 14:36 – The Isle of Wight Council have confirmed that the floating bridge is ‘out of service’. The Folly Ventures are currently shuttling passengers across the river and the Jenny Lee is said to now be in operation (from 14:30).

UPDATE @ 16:24 – The Floating Bridge is now back in action following a 3 hour suspension.

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