Breaking News First reported by Island Echo

FLOATING BRIDGE OUT OF ACTION UNTIL THURSDAY LUNCHTIME FOLLOWING ACCIDENT

UPDATED: The Cowes Floating Bridge will remain out of action until at least Thursday lunchtime following this afternoon’s accident on board, the Isle of Wight Council have confirmed.

As first reported by Island Echo, emergency services were called to East Cowes shortly after 13:00 when a crew member on board the floating bridge sustained an injury whilst below deck.

It has been confirmed that the 37-year-old male was investigating an issue in the vessel’s engine room at the time of the incident. Island Echo understands that hydraulic fluid has played a part in the situation and that the lower deck needed to be ventilated during the rescue operation.

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The Council say the engine room issue now needs to be looked at before the service can resume as normal.

A Police cordon around Floating Bridge No.6 has been lifted and staff are back on board.

There has been no official word on the condition of the casualty, but it is understood he has sustained multiple injuries. He has been flown to Southampton General Hospital.

UPDATE THURSDAY  @ 14:25 – The Isle of Wight Council have announced that the service has now resumed following yesterday’s incident.

They have thanked everyone for the kind messages received.

Investigations have been taking place today involving the floating bridge’s builders, Mainstay.

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