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IoM police recover vehicle from railway tracks

Emergency services recovering the car from railway tracks near Blackboards Credit: IOM Roads Policing Unit, Facebook

Police on the Isle of Man are warning drivers to take care on the roads during stormy weather after recovering a car from railway tracks.

Last night emergency services and a crane attended the scene to clear the vehicle from the railroad near Blackboards in the South.

The Roads Policing Unit posted a photo of the recovery, urging motorists to drive carefully in the heavy rain and snow.

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Fire shuts down South Quay in Isle of Man capital

Black smoke was captured pouring out of a building on South Quay in Douglas. Credit: Callum Staley, Twitter

A serious fire on the Isle of Man is being dealth with by the Fire and Rescue Service at South Quay, Douglas.

The fire is believed to have started this afternoon at a plastering and flooring company.

Members of the public have been evacuated from nearby buildings and residents have been told to keep doors and windows locked due to the nature of asbestos and other chemicals that could be present in the smoke.

Police cordons have been put in place from the Swing Bridge to Bridge Road and power supplies have been turned off.

A large emergency services presence in Douglas. Credit: Peter McKenna

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IoM horse trams season kicks-off with new recruits

Oscar and Ethan will join the Douglas Bay Horse Trams service Credit: IOM Gov

The start of the seasonal Isle of Man horse trams will begin again tomorrow.

Douglas Bay Horse Trams resumes on Thursday, with the first service departing from Derby Castle at 8.40am.

Joining the team are Oscar and Ethan. Both horses are three years old and updates will be provided as their training progresses.

The horse trams are an integral part of our heritage transport network. Where else in the world could you travel 34.5 miles under horse power, steam and electricity on transport with an average age of 137 years?

– Minister for Transport Services Jason Moorhouse MHK

IoM rescue teams recover missing person from cliff

The Sir William Hillary returning to Douglas harbour Credit: RNLI Douglas

The Isle of Man Coastguard and RNLI were called out last night to rescue a missing person from a cliff edge.

RNLI Douglas located the person at around 11:47pm on the foot of cliffs on the Marine Drive in Douglas.

The lifeboat Sir William Hillary left Douglas Harbour around to the cliffs below the Toll Gate to primarily assist the Coastguard by using the lifeboat's search lights to illuminate the scene - a dingy was also used by RNLI volunteers.

With the casualty safely back on the Marine Drive, the dinghy and its crew along with the Coastguard returned to the lifeboat, which then made its way back to Douglas.

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RNLI IoM recover unconscious male from beach

Port Skillion Beach from lifeboat Credit: RNLI Douglas

Volunteers from the Isle of Man's Douglas RNLI assisted in a multi-agency call to recover an unconscious male from a beach.

Coastguards and paramedics had secured the casualty on a back board and stretcher on Port Skillion Beach just outside Douglas Harbour. Access to the beach is only via flights of steep steps at either end of the beach so the lifeboat was requested to evacuate the casualty from offshore.

Deputy Second Coswain Tony Radcliffe took the all-weather lifeboat, Sir William Hillary, as close to the beach as the depth of water would allow then volunteer crew members Lavinia Washington and James Bettridge used the lifeboat’s daughter boat, an inflatable dinghy, to go ashore to recover the casualty to the lifeboat.

With the casualty safely transferred to the lifeboat, the dinghy and its crew also recovered, the lifeboat returned to Douglas, to the Liner Berth where the Coastguard and paramedics were waiting to transfer the casualty to an ambulance to be taken to Nobles Hospital.

The efficient way the crew handled themselves this morning is evidence of the regular training given by the RNLI, and in particular Lavinia who recently passed her Casulaty Care assessment and took a place in the dinghy.

– Lifeboat mechanic, Peter Cowin
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