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IoM Coastguard aid warden on Calf of Man via helicopter

Port Erin coastguard were called to the Calf of Man yesterday. Credit: Port Erin Coastguard

Rescue teams on the Isle of Man were called out yesterday during Storm Ali to a casualty on the Calf of Man.

Port Erin Coastguard flew by helicopter to a warden who had fallen from a ladder inside a lighthouse, extracting him using rope rescue.

The helicopter landed at Rowany Golf Club, where the casualty was made comfortable before being taken to Nobles Hospital.

Sailings and flights cancelled to and from IoM

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Sailings and flights between the Isle of Man and parts of the UK and Ireland have been cancelled.

Gale force winds between 55 to 65mph are expected in some areas, with a Yellow Weather Warning in place between now and 10pm.

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company have cancelled the Douglas to Heysham sailing at 8.45am and the Heysham to Douglas crossing at 2.15pm.

Passengers booked on these sailings can log onto the Steam Packet website and amend, or contact reservations on 01624 661661 or 08722 992 992.

Flights currently affected flying from Ronaldsway Airport are the following:

  • 9:35 - Manchester Cancelled
  • 9:55 - Manchester Cancelled
  • 9:55 - Gatwick (delayed: info at 11:00)
  • 10:05- London CityCancelled
  • 10:10 - Liverpool (delayed: info at 11:00)
  • 10:15 - DublinCancelled
  • 10:40 - Dublin Cancelled
  • 12:15 - Liverpool Delayed
  • 12:55 - London City Cancelled

More information on flight updates can be found here.

MET Office issues yellow weather warning for IoM

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A yellow weather warning for tomorrow has been issued by the MET Office for the Isle of Man.

Between 6am and 10pm Storm Ali will bring a spell of very windy weather with gusts of 50-60 mph possible inland. The following advice has been issued on the MET Office website:

  • Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible
  • Some damage to buildings is possible, such as tiles blown from roofs. Falling trees or branches are possible
  • Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Injuries and danger to life from flying debris
  • Some roads and bridges may close


Life of Emmeline Pankhurst's mother commemorated on Isle of Man with plaque

The plaque at Sophia Goulden's former house in Douglas. Credit: ITV Granada

A plaque's been unveiled on the Isle of Man at the house where women's rights campaigner Emmeline Pankhurst's mother lived until her death.

Sophia Goulden was born on the island and moved to Douglas years after her family had moved to Manchester. Emmeline was inspired when, at 14, her mother took her to her first public suffrage meeting.

Today the Mayor of Douglas, Jon Joughin, revealed the blue plaque, with members of Sophia's family in attendance.

Her great-granddaughter Helen Pankhurst has written the information on the plaque.

IoM Police warning residents of fake texts from BT

Isle of Man Police are warning residents to watch out for scammers via text claiming to be from BT.

Manx Telecom phone numbers are being targeted with texts from fraudsters, which include web links which when clicked, may release personal data.

Police and BT are asking anyone who receives these texts not to click the links, not to reply or send personal details and not to call the telephone number the texts originate from.

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