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Crash closes Isle of Wight chain ferry

The Isle of Wight chain ferry has been closed after a worker was reportedly hit by a car which crashed into the vessel.

The man, reported to be a member of the chain ferry staff, was said to have been pinned against the gates of the boat when the car collided with it on Friday evening.

Ferry services suspended Credit: Darren Toogood

The ferry, known as Cowes floating bridge, has been suspended and will be replaced by water taxi services for foot passengers until at least midnight.

The driver of the car was reported to have been treated at the scene.

The closure is likely to result in disruption as the annual Cowes Week yachting regatta which begins today.

Investigation on chain ferry Credit: Darren Toogood

Isle of Wight Council apologised for the inconvenience.

In a statement posted on their Facebook page last night the council said:

"Cowes Floating Bridge is currently suspended until further notice. This is due to the vessel being damaged by a vehicle that drove into it. Water taxi services for foot passengers will operate in place of the floating bridge, between Cowes and East Cowes tomorrow from 7am until midnight. Limited service will operate between 6pm and 7pm tomorrow."

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Round the Island race in pictures

Team Concise MOD 70 - Line honour winners Credit: JP Morgan
The fleet make their way to the Needles Credit: JP MORGAN
Boats make their way around the iconic Needles Credit: JP MORGAN
Rio Olympic 2016 hopefuls Giles Scott and London 2012 silver medallist Hannah Mills of the British Sailing Team on board the IMOCA 6 Credit: JP MORGAN
The iconic schooner Eleonora in-between the Needles Credit: JP MORGAN

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Sailor recovering after being airlifted to hospital

A sailor has been airlifted to hospital after they were knocked unconscious on the Round the Island race on the Isle of Wight.

They were unconscious for a long period of time with head injuries and an air ambulance flew them to Southampton General Hospital.

In a statement the Skipper Tony Newburry, of Ragtime II said:

"A head injury was sustained on Ragtime II. The casualty became unconscious and was transferred to Southampton General Hospital by helicopter. The casualty is now conscious and understood to be responding well to treatment."

– Tony Newbury, Ragtime II

Missy Elliott to headline at Bestival

Missy Elliott is to 'get her Island freak on' Credit: Bestival

Missy Elliott is to headline at the Summer of Love during Bestival on the Isle of Wight in September.

She is coming to Robin Hill for her first UK show in nine years, and will be the Sunday night headliner.

The Get Ur Freak On star hails from Portsmouth, Virginia and has five Grammy awards, along with one double platinum and four platinum albums.

Shecan't wait to see all her fans in England.

"We are gonna have a blast together," she said.

Girl rescued after swimmers 'tried to reach festival site'

The swimmers were thought to be heading for the festival site Credit: ITV

A young girl has been rescued after reports of several young people in the River Medina - possibly trying to reach the Isle of Wight Festival site.

Solent Coastguard was alerted along with Cowes RNLI and the police launch.

One of the swimmers, a girl, was rescued by a yacht and taken by ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital.

Using their powerful searchlights, the lifeboat and police launch began a thorough search of the water from Island Harbour to the Table Table pub/restaurant for what appeared to be three youths.

Eventually the search was called off without any sign of the other young people.

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