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BUSY WEEKEND FOR SANDOWN INDEPENDENT

THE Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat was tasked by the Solent Coastguard to 3 incedents during the Round the Island race in south westerly gales of force 6. The first shout To a 45 ft Yacht called Polly’s Kettle at 12.42 pm that snapped its mast 1 mile of Ventnor with 7 people on board, with its rigging, mast and …

BUSY ROUND THE ISLAND FOR COWES RNLI

COWES RNLI lifeboat was involved in no fewer than nine incidents on the day of the Round the Island Race, yesterday, when yachtsmen – both competing and non-competing – had to contend with a strong south-westerly. Besides dealing with dismastings in the morning, crewman Chris Adams used his First Aid training to tend to a yachtsman with chest pains prior …

POLICE LAUNCH FIRESTONE INVESTIGATION

HAMPSHIRE Constabulary have this morning launched an investigation into an attack on a dog by a Rottweiler-type dog in Firestone Copse, Wootton. Officers accompanied Island dog wardens in searching the Copse for the animal after receiving reports that the dog had attacked another dog, which was then taken to Medina Veterinary in Wotton High Street. Firestone Copse remains open to the …

RNLI CREWS SET TO KEEP SAILORS SAFE

COWES RNLI lifeboat will be on the water virtually throughout the day, tomorrow, to help provide safety cover to the 1,647 strong fleet of yachts taking part in the annual Round the Island Race. For the first time Cowes lifeboat will have three different sets of crews for the event, sponsored by J P Morgan Asset Management. This was considered …

CANCELATIONS ON RED FUNNEL

UPDATED @ 15:20 – DUE to the overrun of overnight planned maintenance, Red Funnel regrets to announce the following sailings have been cancelled on its Southampton/East Cowes service today. The remaining 2/3rds of today’s timetable will operate as scheduled. Customers are being contacted to re-arrange their bookings and any guests who are worried about their travel plans should call 0844 …

MP BECOMES PATRON OF PARLIAMENTARY CAMPAIGN GROUP

THE Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, has been appointed a Parliamentary Patron of the Rural Fair Share Campaign, a cross-party initiative launched to ensure rural areas receive their ‘fair share’ of funding settlements from Government.  The campaign brings together Members of Parliament with other organisations and community groups concerned about the welfare of English rural communities and the services provided in …

CRIME DOWN AT 2012 FESTIVAL

CRIME at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival was down on 2011, according to Hampshire Constabulary.  Sergeant Dave Steele of Hampshire Constabulary’s Event Planning Team said: “Initial provisional figures show reports of crime at the Isle of Wight Festival went down again this year from 316 in 2011 to 244 to 2012. A full analysis of all the figures is …

MOTORCYCLISTS INVITIED TO TAKE PART IN SAFER RIDING SCHEME

A popular road safety course run by the Isle of Wight Council for motorcyclists is returning. ‘Better Riding’ is a short course designed to improve rider’s skills and help them identify and anticipate hazards on the road. It also teaches riders how to react to hazards using advanced riding methods. The course is starting on Tuesday 17 July between 7.30pm …

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