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UPDATED: A blanket of fog that has enveloped the Isle of Wight and The Solent is causing travel disruption this morning (Thursday).

Red Funnel are advising that their Hi-Speed Red Jet service between Cowes and Southampton is currently delayed by 10 minutes due to the reduced visibility.

Meanwhile passengers on the 05:30 Red Funnel car ferry sailing from East Cowes say they have experienced an extended journey time this morning as the Captain carefully navigated through the thick fog.

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Wightlink are advising customers travelling on  the Yarmouth to Lymington Car Ferry to check the website before travelling as disruption to services is possible.

Wightlink’s Fishbourne-Portsmouth and Ryde Pier Head-Portsmouth service’s are both running to time, as is Hovertravel’s Ryde to Southsea route – albeit with just 1 craft.

The Cowes Floating Bridge is also out of service this morning after yesterday’s staff accident on board. The service is expected to resume around lunchtime.

In other news… Cowes RNLI Lifeboat have been tasked to an unknown incident on the Solent this morning – no doubt connected with the tricky sailing conditions.

UPDATE @ 08:10 – Red Funnel are now operating a shuttle service on their Red Jet service due to the adverse weather, which is causing longer journey times.

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However, there is positive news in the West Wight as Wightlink say their Yarmouth-Lymington service is now operating to timetable as a result of the fog starting to lift.

It has emerged that Cowes RNLI lifeboat are searching for a vessel that has reportdedly been hit by a ‘fast ferry’. Read more at

UPDATE @ 08:39 – Red Funnel’s car ferry service is now feeling the wrath of the fog, with delays of up to 25 minutes advised.

UPDATE @ 09:00 – Hovertravel say their services are operating to the 1-craft revised timetable with delays of 10 minutes due to the fog.

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