Hovertravel services were suspended for a time following a collision involving a hovercraft and a safety bollard earlier today (Friday).
Passengers arriving in Southsea from Ryde were forced to leave the Island Flyer hovercraft through its emergency exit after it collided with the large blue cylinder against the wall of the landing pad at around 13:45.
A video, shared with Island Echo by a passenger onboard the craft, shows travellers being directed outside of the rarely used emergency exits at the side of the craft and down movable stairs.
The craft can be seen resting partially against the safety bollard, which is visibly at an unusual angle following the collision.
“At the end of the 1345 Ryde to Southsea flight, Island Flyer made contact with one of the safety bollards on the pad. There were no injuries and all passengers and crew disembarked safely.
“As per standard operating practices the service was cancelled for a safety check with all customers being transferred to Wightlink’s FastCat. The service resumed its timetable at 1715 from Ryde and 1730 from Southsea.
“Our engineering team is onsite to assess any damage and Island Flyer will remain on the Southsea pad to comply with standard compliance procedures.”
The service eventually resumed several hours later, although it is not yet clear whether Island Flyer has returned to service following the incident.