A hovercraft on a regular passenger run flipped over on its back in rough seas off Southern England on Saturday afternoon (4 March).
A hovercraft on a regular passenger run flipped over on its back in rough seas off Southern England on Saturday afternoon (4 March). The 10-ton 38-passenger craft was heading into shore at Southsea, near Portsmouth, having made a seven-minute trip across the Solent from Ryde on the Isle of Wight and was only 400 yards offshore in a heavy swell when it rose up in the air, and was blown over onto its back. A helicopter and rescue boats rushed out to pick up survivors who could be seen clinging to the still floating hovercraft. Navy divers called to the scene found four dead passengers who'd been trapped in the upturned cabin... at least three others are not accounted for. Twenty passengers were rescued. The SRN-6 hovercraft, operated by Hovertravel Ltd, a long-experience operata- of air-cushion craft, was later towed towards shore by a tug and hauled onto the beach by volunteered.