A WIGHTLINK vessel has stopped mid-Solent after it encountered technical problems leaving the Isle of Wight this afternoon (Monday).
At around 5pm the company told the County Press: "The 4.05pm Yarmouth to Lymington service experienced technical problems as it was leaving port at 4.20pm today.
"The Captain of Wight Light safely stopped the vessel at the end of the pier for a short while then moved off.
"Wight Light is now in safe water mid-Solent as engineers work to resolve the issue."
A spokeswoman confirmed passengers were still on board the vessel.
Services have been delayed as a result and it is not yet known how long the repairs will take.
Witnesses described hearing a bang as the ferry came to a stop, understood to have been caused as it made contact with fenders on the pier.
*The vessel had resumed its journey by around 5.25pm, according to a spokeswoman.
It came just a day after another of the company's vessels had to be taken out of service following an incident
in which it made contact with a navigation post and a small boat.
Last month an investigation
was launched after a car deck on one of the company's Fishbourne to Portsmouth vessels collapsed.