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ANIMAL RESCUE IN NEWCHURCH

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are attempting to rescue an animal – believed to be a horse – in Newchurch this lunchtime (Wednesday). Several appliances are on scene at Wacklands Lane alongside the Animal Rescue Unit from Newport and the Service’s 4×4 from Ryde. The emergency crews were called into action at around 11:45 following reports of …

SNOW, WIND AND RAIN CAUSES TRAVEL DISRUPTION

UPDATED: A mix of strong winds, heavy rain and sleety snow is leading to travel disruption across the Isle of Wight this morning (Wednesday).  Red Jet services between West Cowes and Southampton have been suspended due to the adverse conditions, as have Hovertravel services between Ryde and Southsea. Snow is causing tricky driving conditions on higher ground on the South …

BOXING DAY FLOOD FOR BRADING HOME

UPDATED: Firefighters from Sandown and East Cowes are assisting a homeowner with a flooded property in Brading this evening (Boxing Day).  The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were called to the residential property on New Road – opposite Wrax Road – at around 18:40, mobilising an appliance from Sandown and the Incident Support Unit from East Cowes. The call …

BEMBRIDGE LIFEBOAT LAUNCHES TO LISTING RUSSIAN CARGO SHIP

UPDATED: Bembridge RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat has launched to stand by a severely listing cargo ship in the Solent this afternoon (Boxing Day). HM Coastguard is currently working with a variety of other agencies to assess the situation on board the Russian-flagged ‘Mekhanik Yartsev’, which appears to have suffered from a shift in cargo. Although the vessel has developed a …

CAR CRASHES INTO PROPERTY IN COWES

UPDATED: A car has crashed into a wall surrounding a house in Cowes this afternoon (Christmas Eve). Emergency services, including the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, are currently in attendance at the scene on the corner of Consort Road and Mill Hill Road. UPDATE @ 14:24 – No one has been seriously injured in the incident, which has …

MAJOR SEARCH OPERATION FOR ‘WOMAN IN THE WATER’ AT SANDOWN

UPDATED: A major search and rescue operation involving 2 helicopters, 2 lifeboats and 2 Coastguard Rescue Teams is underway in the Sandown area this morning (Christmas Eve). Emergency services were alerted at around 03:00 to reports of a woman entering the water near to Sandown Pier, prompting a full scale response to be launched. Bembridge RNLI Lifeboat, Sandown & Shanklin …

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL FROM ISLAND ECHO

We would like to wish all of our readers, advertisers and supporters a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.  2017 has been a fantastic year for Island Echo and we’ve published no less than 3,500 articles since 1st January – that’s an average of around 65 Isle of Wight news stories delivered to you each and every week for …

MOTORCYCLIST WHO DIED AT PORCHFIELD HAD DRUGS IN HIS SYSTEM

30-year-old motorcyclist Peter Kilshaw died as a result of major trauma to his head after he slammed into an oncoming car, an inquest has this week heard. The well-known sea cadet instructor of Terminus Road, Cowes was travelling towards Shalfleet from Gurnard when the tragic accident occurred on the afternoon of 21st June 2017. His motorcycle was involved in collision with a …

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