WATCH: HOVERCRAFT CRASHES INTO SAFETY BOLLARD IN SOUTHSEA

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.

Article continues below this advertisement

The craft can be seen resting partially against the safety bollard, which is visibly at an unusual angle following the collision.


A Hovertravel spokesperson said:

“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.”

Article continues below this advertisement

The service eventually resumed several hours later, although it is not yet clear whether Island Flyer has returned to service following the incident.

The views/opinions expressed in these comments are solely those of the author and do not represent those of Island Echo. House rules on commenting must be followed at all times.
10 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
plato
plato
9 days ago

Most useless video ever. Why even bother to post it.

Know it all
Know it all
Reply to  plato
8 days ago

Yeah, and all you could hear was effing this and effing that. Cant people speak England anymore?

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Know it all
8 days ago

I guess you cannot see the irony in your post – know it all.

Nelson
Nelson
Reply to  Know it all
8 days ago

Know it all? Some can still use the word ‘yes‘ instead of the slovenly ‘yeah’. Some can punctuate and use apostrophes correctly and would write ‘can’t‘ instead of ‘cant’. And many people can speak English (unlike you, apparently).

IDontKnow
IDontKnow
Reply to  plato
8 days ago

Just remember that the craft just crashed and some people would be panicking and they would want people to leave quickly.

Reg Dennis
Reg Dennis
Reply to  IDontKnow
8 days ago

It didn’t crash, it just nudged into a bollard designed specifically to stop the hovercraft with minimal damage.

Wight Knight
Wight Knight
Reply to  plato
8 days ago

What were you expecting, Plato? A new trailer for the next James Bond film, perhaps?

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  plato
8 days ago

what were you hoping for – footage of blood curdling screams, baggage and people flying everywhere, helicopters, ambulances, fire engines, police – dramatic music, commentary.

This is not a feature film release on netflix

idiot

Jack Whitehall
Jack Whitehall
8 days ago

Not actually interested in watching that bloke’s rear end. What was the point of that, exactly? Except for desperate journalism.

CLIVE COUTER
CLIVE COUTER
6 days ago

Think expression “get a life” was tailor made for some people on iow, they’ll squabble about anything and everything. What’s wrong with the video and complaints about slovenly yeah, first world problems in extremis..

Football Betting Site Betway
 

Join our daily newsletter

News, Traffic & Travel Tweets