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UPDATED: RED JETS OFF AGAIN – CAR FERRY TURNS AROUND TO COLLECT PASSENGERS

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Zoe
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The car ferry passengers expressed their anger? What about the season ticket holders which pay out thousands of pounds a year to be treated like crap.

Ken
Ken
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Like it or not, The only solution is this solentfreedomtunnel.co.uk

Joe Blogs
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No way. If you don’t like the privilege of living on an island with the attendant risk of occasional inconvenience, move back to the mainland. We like our island as an island , not a suburb of the mainland which it would become if there was a fixed link.

Tinman
Tinman
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They could always be grateful that they’re getting back to the island.

Island Fool
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Should also doff their hat as they pay for one of the most expensive ferry journeys in the world????

Steve o
Steve o
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It gets better, we’re 40 minutes late into East cowes having been overtaken by Red Jet4
RF need to sort themselves out

Phil Stat
Phil Stat
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RF Service News really should change its statement from ‘We apologise for any inconvenience to your journey’ to:
‘We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience to your journey’!

Not the weather this time

Old bean
Old bean
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That is so not good about time boats got a kick up the arse from the government need to be punished over things like this

Oliver
Oliver
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What a shambles poor service with high ferry price

Jenny
Jenny
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One of pleasure of living on the island !!!!

Island Fool
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Maybe we should join the rest of the world in the 21st century and have real infrastructure that is reliable and cheap.

Adhask Lawrence
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Adhask Lawrence
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Give it a break it been them theyrd be grateful it went back pick them up

Island Fool
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I don’t want a fixed link, but if something is not done I will be very soon. The same 40 min trip in Scotland for a car is £8. Also they have to have a spare crew on call at all times to cover illness. And a spare boat at all times to cover break downs. If not then fixed link it is I am sad to say. 🙁

SteveD
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Moan, Moan, Moan!! It would be good to read some comments of gratitude from those foot passengers that Red Osprey returned for don’t you think?

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