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DONKEY STUCK DOWN A DRAIN IN WROXALL

UPDATED: The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are working to free a donkey that has become stuck down a drain in Wroxall.  Crews from Sandown, Shanklin and Newport are on scene at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary alongside the Animal Rescue Unit and the service’s Land Rover from Ryde. It is currently unclear how the animal fell …

COASTGUARD MEDIVAC FROM QUEEN VICTORIA OFF THE ISLE OF WIGHT

UPDATED: The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Lee-on-Solent is attempting to winch a suspected stroke victim from the luxury Queen Victoria cruise ship off the coast of the Isle of Wight tonight (Sunday). The captain of the Cunard-operated vessel requested the assistance of Solent Coastguard shortly before 21:30, resulting in the rescue helicopter flying low across the Island to a position …

PASSENGERS RESCUED AS HOVERCRAFT BREAKS DOWN ON RYDE SANDS

UPDATED: Passengers on board a Hovertravel crossing between Ryde and Southsea have been rescued by a second hovercraft following the apparent breakdown of one of the ‘new’ hovers on Ryde Sands this morning (Sunday). Island Flyer departed Ryde at 08:45 but by 08:54 had developed a problem, resulting in the craft making an about turn and coming to a stop on Ryde …

REVISED TIMETABLE FOR HI-SPEED RED JET

Due to a combination of predicted severe weather and vessel availability, Red Funnel will be operating a revised timetable on its Red Jet service between now and Tuesday. It is thought that staffing issues – ‘vessel availability’ – are to blame for the cancellations, with the reduced timetable appearing to fit in around standard staffing patterns. Red Funnel have been …

DOLPHIN LIFTED FROM BEACH AFTER BEING PUT TO SLEEP

PHOTOS AND VIDEO: A white-beaked dolphin has been lifted from Sandown Beach by the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service following a battle to save the mammal’s life. As first reported by Island Echo, rescue resources were mobilised to Culver Parade earlier on this afternoon following reports of a dolphin washed up on the shore. It’s thought the same …

GREEN LANE CROWNED LIGHT UP THE WIGHT WINNER

A well-thought-out and colourful display of lights, complete with a giant homemade Christmas tree, has been crowned the winner of Light up the Wight 2017. Entry number 9 – Green Lane on the corner of King Edward’s Close – received the highest number of votes in this year’s Christmas lights competition, which saw a total of 1,406 votes cast during …

MICHAEL PORTILLO RIDES THE RAILS AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY

Islanders are being encouraged to tune in to BBC2 tomorrow (Thursday 4th January) at 18:30 to see the Isle of Wight Steam Railway featured on Michael Portillo’s Great British Railway Journeys. In this series Michael Portillo embarks on a railway journey through Edwardian Britain. In Thursday’s episode Michael continues his journey through Chichester to Southsea before crossing the Solent with …

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