YET another technical fault will see the Cowes Floating Bridge out of action until at least Monday, the Isle of Wight Council predicts. 

The ferry was immediately taken out of service this morning (Saturday) after a problem with a prow hinge was discovered.

The floating bridge remains on the Cowes side of the River Medina after the local authority confirmed a hydraulic ram on the vessel developed a fault, which meant the prow could not be lifted.

Only last Saturday, the floating bridge was taken out of service because of a hydraulics system fault.

The Isle of Wight Council has come under fire from Islanders over the frequent setbacks keeping the service going.  

A little over a fortnight ago, the floating bridge returned to service following months of repair work.

An Isle of Wight Council spokesman said: "The floating bridge will remain out of service until at least Monday due to a mechanical fault.

"The council is working hard to ensure the issue is resolved as quickly as possible.

"The crossing remains open with a regular launch service (for foot passengers and cyclists). We apologise for any inconvenience caused."