Floating Bridge resumes service after crewman injured on board

The Floating Bridge has resumed service after a member of staff airlifted to hospital on Wednesday (September 26).

A multi-agency response followed with the Lee-on-the-Solent Coastguard helicopter and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance both attending the scene as well as police, fire and ambulances.

The bridge service was suspended as HM Coastguard and emergency service workers assisted an unconscious crewman.

The casualty was later extracted from the from the engine room using rope equipment and flown to Southampton General Hospital.

Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service attend and incident at the Floating Bridge on Wednesday (September 26)

Mainstay, who built the vessel, and staff from the IW Council have been investigating the cause of the incident on Thursday (September 27) and it resumed service at around 2pm.

A spokesman for Isle of Wight Council said: “A 37-year-old man from Newport was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital, following the incident just after 1pm. At the time, the man was investigating an issue in the vessel’s engine room. The condition of the member of staff is currently unknown.”