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IoM RNLI called out twice to rescue fishing vessel

The fishing vessel was towed back to Douglas twice & berthed at the Battery Pier. Credit: RNLI Douglas

A fishing boat sailing from the Isle of Man that was towed back to shore by Douglas RNLI had to be rescued for a second time in the exact same spot.

The Sir William Hillary was called out yesterday morning to attend the vessel which was approximately 12 miles south east of Douglas when its engine failed.

The crew left Douglas for a second time making for Holyhead when in virtually the same place the boat's alternator failed.

The fishing vessel was again taken under tow back to Douglas and berthed at the Battery Pier.

Sir William Hillary returning to the same fishing vessel. Credit: RNLI Douglas

Isle of Man Manx Gaelic phrases for Valentine's Day

Alfred Hitchcock's silent film version of Hall Caine's novel, 'The Manxman' with the phrase: "Are you seeing anyone?" Credit:

The Isle of Man's native language is being encouraged this February 14th through online graphics.

Culture Vannin, the island's arts council, has shared some Manx Gaelic phrases to help people spread the love into a phrase.

Manx is still taught in primary and secondary schools and has been revived through lessons taught in The native language at the Bunscoill Ghaelgagh primary school in St John's.

"Happy Valentine's Day" with picture of actors from stage version of 'The Manxman' Credit:


Watch: Bee Gees' Barry Gibb talks of life growing up in Manchester and the Isle of Man

Did you know that one of their songs plays on the radio somewhere in the world every 20 seconds?

It could be Tragedy, How Deep is Your love, You Win Again-they're all classics.

And as they were born on the isle of man we can certainly claim them as local talent.

Our entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmore reports on Barry Gibb's latest television interview:

Watch: 100-year-old woman has never left the Isle of Man

Most of us probably dream of going on holiday abroad at some point in our lives. But we met the woman who has just celebrated her 100th birthday - and has never set foot outside the Isle of Man.

Bessie Horne has never had a passport. Never gone on a foreign holiday. Never boarded a plane or a ship, despite her late husband being in the Merchant Navy, where he went off traveling the globe. All the while, Bessie was happy to stay at home.

Sadly she can't really speak much now, but Helen McKenna went to meet her and her family to find out just what it is about the island she loves so much:

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