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Bumpy start for Cowes floating bridge as service suspended

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Passengers were helped off the Cowes Floating Bridge this morning after it broke down, just a day after returning to service.

The much-anticipated chain ferry, which helps motorists avoid an 11 mile diversion, re-opened on Saturday but was immediately beset with problems after a number of vehicles scraped their bumpers on the slipway.

A motorist negotiates the slipway Credit: Karl Love

Cllr Karl Love took to social media to voice his concerns about what he called a 'loading calamity,' posting these pictures of motorists trying to use the bridge.

He's advising motorists with low slung cars to avoid the bridge Credit: Karl Love

I'm very concerned at what looked like a disasters in the miscalculation of the road angles which are damaging low level cars and long based vehicles. They scrape the ground as they load and unload from East Cowes!

I understand several car owners are already planning to make claims against the council for damage, meanwhile cars continue to be loaded on board.

If you have a low sports car I would suggest you consider to drive around at this time.

– Cllr Keith Love

And Isle of Wight Radio captured the moment passengers had to wade through the River Medina after a power outage.

This morning it was a different problem- a power cut, which left passengers stranded in the middle of the River Medina.

They were eventually led to safety, but the service has been suspended until Monday afternoon at the earliest.