Severe delays have hit a ferry service following the discovery of a fault.

Red Osprey has been pulled from service due to a fault on the propulsion unit.

Passengers travelling to and from the Isle of Wight from Southampton now face delays of up to three hours.

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Red Funnel has confirmed that their 10.30am and 1.30pm sailings from Southampton and midday sailing from East Cowes have been cancelled.

A spokesperson said: “Due to the withdrawal of the Red Osprey, we are now operating a one boat service, with severe delays for all booked vehicle traffic of up to three hours.

“We do apologise for any inconvenience caused.”