Cowes Floating Bridge could return to service later this week, the Isle of Wight Council has revealed, after it was suspended at the weekend.

The Floating Bridge was taken out of service on Saturday morning (June 8), with its operator, IW Council, reporting an electrical fault.

A foot passenger launch service is still in place between Cowes and East Cowes as a result.

In a notice to mariners at Cowes Harbour, it was confirmed the Floating Bridge will remain out of service to undergo ‘repair operations’ until further notice.

The chain ferry is currently moored at the East Cowes Slipway.

The notice advises mariners to navigate the area with caution and to avoid creating a wash in the vicinity of the Floating Bridge.

An IW Council spokesperson said: “Having suspended the service over the weekend, our contractors have been onboard this morning and diagnosed the problem to be a defective heat exchanger.

“This is a bespoke part which can only be obtained via a supplier in Plymouth. This has been ordered, with delivery due in 24 to 48 hours.

"Once arrived, following fitting it is expected service to resume towards the end of the week.

“Whilst out of service, we will undertake routine maintenance which will reduce work needed in the future.

“The IW Council apologises for any inconvenience."