THE Sandbanks chain ferry service is back in action after it was suspended for around 24 hours.

The ferry, which runs between Sandbanks and Studland, was first suspended at around 2.50pm on Wednesday, April 14.

Operators Bournemouth – Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company tweeted: “The Sandbanks Ferry service is currently suspended. We will update as soon as we have a recommencement time. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

On Wednesday afternoon, a vessel became pinned against the ferry while trying to help passengers off the boat.

RNLI crews from Poole and Swanage were tasked by the UK Coastguard to the scene, with concerns for the passengers of board and the risk of the vessel taking on water.

In an update at 3pm on Thursday afternoon, Sandbanks Ferry said: "The safety tests are now complete and we’re pleased to say that the ferry is back up and running normally. Thanks again for your patience and understanding."