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SANDOWN LIFEBOAT AIDS VESSEL WITH ELECTRICAL FAILURE

Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat (SSILB) launched to the aid of a 25ft motor vessel suffering from complete electrical failure 3 miles off Sandown this morning (Thursday). Solent Coastguard paged the independent lifeboat at 10:38 following reports from ‘Pretty Compensation 3’ – with 3 persons on board – that the vessel had lost power and was drifting. The volunteer crew …

STAFF ILLNESS RESULTS IN REDUCED TRAIN SERVICE

Island Line will be running a reduced service between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin until the end of today (Thursday) due to staff illness. Although rail connections with the Wightlink catamaran will not be affected, the reduced service will cause disruption to those travelling up and down the East side of the Island. The 07 minutes past the hour train …

MORNING CRASH CLOSES BRADING DOWNS

UPDATED: Brading Downs has been closed by Police this morning (Thursday) as a result of a road traffic collision. Emergency services are currently in attendance on the highest point of the road between the Ashey Road turn off and The Mall, Brading. They were called to the scene at around 07:00. Island Echo understands the road is particularly icy in …

ISLAND LIFEBOATS CONTINUE TO PROVIDE COVER FOR RUSSIAN CARGO SHIP

VIDEO: Bembridge RNLI and Yarmouth RNLI are continuing to take turns to provide safety cover for the Russian cargo ship ‘Mekhanik Yartsev’, which remains in a listed position on the Solent tonight (Wednesday). As first reported by Island Echo, Bembridge RNLI lifeboat launched at the request of Solent Coastguard yesterday afternoon (Boxing Day) to stand by the timber-carrying vessel amid …

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 …

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