A HOVERCRAFT caught fire last night (Sunday), leading to staff being evacuated.
Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service received the call out at 9.15pm, and sent two fire engines to deal with the blaze at Ryde.
The blaze was extinguished after about 45 minutes and nobody was hurt during the incident.
The fire broke out on the starboard side engine on the last Hovertravel craft of the day from Southsea, according to the fire and rescue service.
All of the passengers had already left the craft when it ignited.
Hovertravel was operating a one craft service this morning and cancelled several crossings. The company said it expected Island Express would be back in service later today (Monday).
*A spokesman for the company said: "Hovertravel can confirm that the fire service was called at 9:16pm yesterday (Sunday).
"As part of the normal close-down procedure on Island Express, a fire alarm was raised and as per standard procedure the fire shutters and extinguishers were activated.
"The fire service was notified and arrived on the scene at 9:20pm.
"There were no passengers on-board the hovercraft and there were no passengers on the pad. The fire service left the scene at 10:25pm.
"Hovertravel is investigating the cause and has notified and is working with the relevant authorities."