Passengers on the 13:00 Hovertravel service from Southsea have described the moment the craft listed to one side just a short while into what was meant to be a 10 minute crossing to the Isle of Wight.
Hovertravel’s Island Flyer is said to have suffered some kind of mechanical breakdown shortly after leaving the terminal at Southsea seafront.
One of those on board the hovercraft has told Island Echo:
“We got part way across the Solent when there was some kind of incident and the hover listed to one side [starboard].
“After 10 minutes floating about, it turned around and headed back to Southsea”.
Upon returning to Southsea, it is evident that the craft struggled to rise onto the pad resulting in part of the aft end of Island Flyer sitting in the water – as pictured above.
Solent Flyer has taken up the slack, transporting passengers to Ryde.
It remains unclear at this moment in time if services will be affected when a 2-craft timetable is due to come into play later this afternoon.
Island Echo has approached Hovertravel for a comment on the incident.