Hovercraft services grounded after a fault ocurred

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A HOVERCRAFT operating between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight was grounded after a propeller was broken.

The Freedom 90 had been en route from Ryde to Southsea on Saturday evening when a fault occurred, forcing it to return to the island.

Operator Hovertravel cancelled all services on both of its vessels while safety checks were carried out.

Its unaffected craft resumed service yesterday afternoon on a revised timetable. The damaged vessel is due to be moved to Southampton for repair work.