A VESSEL that ran aground at Ryde Sands today is likely to have a long wait before it can refloat.

The stricken boat became stranded this evening (Tuesday) and was visited by Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team.

A spokesperson for the rescue team said: "The coastguard received a call at 5.36pm and a team from Bembridge arrived at the location at 6.04pm.

"The persons onboard were safe, but will have to wait for high tide before they can refloat."

The next high tides in Ryde are at 1.49am and then 2.36pm tomorrow.