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Spray seen coming up from Island Flyer as she approached Ryde this lunchtime

UPDATED: Hovertravel have suspended their cross-Solent service this lunchtime (Thursday) due to a technical issue with the only hovercraft available, Island Flyer.

At around 11:45 the craft developed a technical issue whilst on a crossing between Southsea and Ryde, resulting in the pilot struggling to make speed to the Isle of Wight – as captured by Island Echo on Facebook Live (see below).

Large amounts of spray could be seen surrounding the craft as it approached Ryde.

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Thankfully, Island Flyer was able to successfully land on the pad at Ryde and all passengers have since disembarked safely.

Hovertravel say an update will be issued at 13:30.

As previously reported by Island Echo, Hovertravel are operating a 1-craft revised timetable for a total period of 7 weeks due to an issue with Solent Flyer. Island Echo is told this is a ‘redesign’ of the ballast transfer system.

UPDATE @ 13:55 – Hovertravel say that their service remains suspended this afternoon. The next update will be made available at 15:00.

According to Hovertravel’s Twitter, season ticket holders are able to collect vouchers for Wightlink from both the Ryde and Southsea terminals. Hovertravel staff are also present at the Hard in Portsmouth and at the end of Ryde Pier.

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UPDATE @ 15:09 – The Ryde to Southsea service remains suspended. Hovertravel’s next update with be at 16:00.

UPDATE @ 16:00 – Unfortunately, Hovertravel’s service remains suspended more than 4 hours after the initial technical failure. Another update is due at 16:30.

UPDATE @ 16:35 – Hovertravel have now resumed their service in accordance with the revised timetable.

The company have not expanded on what the technical issue was but have apologised for any inconvenience caused.

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