THE Sandbanks Ferry service has been suspended again due to "a further problem", operators say.

The service was back in action briefly on Thursday afternoon after being suspended on Wednesday.

An engine and pump problem was the cause.

However, at around 4.15pm yesterday, the ferry's operators announced the service had been suspended again.

It was hoped service would resume by 6.30pm, but it is reported the ferry will be out of service for the rest of the evening.

It could be out of action for most of Friday as well.