Red Funnel’s hi-speed Red Jet service has been suspended for the second time today (Friday) as Red Jet 4 has now broken down.
The service between West Cowes and Southampton was brought to a halt this morning when Red Jet 6 suffered a technical breakdown at the West Cowes terminal. The broken vessel was towed to Southampton and a 1-boat service resumed.
Now, the sole remaining available boat – Red Jet 4 – has broken down at the Southampton terminal.
In an unusual move, the Red Osprey car ferry has made an about turn in Southampton Water to go back to Southampton terminal to pick up over 200 stranded foot passengers.
Island Echo is told that there are now over 650 people onboard Red Osprey, which is about to head to the Isle of Wight as planned – delayed by almost an hour.
Those on board the 18:00 sailing have expressed their anger that the ferry turned around near Hythe, delaying their planned arrival at East Cowes.
It is unclear at this time when the Red Jet Service will resume.
UPDATE @ 19:14 – In a move that has angered those onboard the delayed Red Osprey, Red Jet 4 has overtaken the ferry to proceed to West Cowes as normal.
Passengers are having to sit on the floor of the car ferry due to the number of people on board.
It is understood the Red Jet is now back to a 1-boat Service.