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Nine rowers rescued from river

The skiff capsized near Northam bridge

Nine rowers, who were out on a training exercise, have been recovered from the River Itchen near Northam Bridge after their rowing skiff capsized and they were thrown into the water.

The incident was coordinated by the National Maritime Operations Centre at Fareham.

The lifeboat recovered eight people from the water and the club’s safety boat recovered a further one.

All of the rowers were recovered to the shore by the inshore lifeboat and the safety boat . Although cold and wet, they are safe and well

– Ian Guy. Maritime Operations Controller

M27 reopens after fatal crash

The M27 has now opened after a fatal crash yesterday morning.

The motorway was closed Eastbound for 20 hours after the collision just after 9am on Thursday (24 March).

Police haven't named the fatality as they work to establish their next of kin.

The Highways Agency said the motorway and slip-road were both open by 4am this morning (25 March). Drivers have been told that there should be no extra delay to their journey.

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M27 motorway due to re-open eastbound at 6am says Highways Agency

The Highways Agency has posted the following update on their website about the repair work to the M27 near Whiteley following this morning's accident.

The M27 in Hampshire is closed eastbound between junctions Junction 8 and Junction 9 for emergency roadworks following a serious incident earlier today. The closure will remain in place overnight to enable us to carry out emergency carriageway repairs to 110 meters of road damaged by the incident. The road is expected to be open by 06:00 tomorrow morning (Friday 27 March).

All eastbound traffic is advised to leave the M27 at J8 and follow the hollow circle symbol. Take the A3024 southbound to Windover Roundabout. Then take the A27 eastbound through Park Gate. At Segensworth Roundabout take the A27 northbound to rejoin the M27 at J9.

Customers are advised to allow extra time for their journey and seek alternative routes.

– Highways Agency

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Concern for missing teenager

Mary Mbatia was last seen on Wednesday night. Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are issuing an appeal for information about a missing teenage girl from Basingstoke.

Mary Mbatia, aged 15, was last seen at her home in the town shortly after 11.30pm on Wednesday night.

Mary is described as:

Black Medium build Long shoulder-length hair

One line of enquiry is that Mary may have travelled to London with an older black man.

Mary or anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact police by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101. In an emergency, dial 999.

Nine rowers rescued from the River Itchen

Nine rowers, who were out on a training exercise, have been recovered from the River Itchen near Northam Bridge this evening after their rowing skiff capsized and they were thrown into the water.

The incident was coordinated by the National Maritime Operations Centre at Fareham, who requested the Calshot RNLI Lifeboat, Hillhead and Southampton Coastguard Rescue Teams to attend.

The lifeboat recovered eight people from the water and the club’s safety boat recovered a further one.

“All of the rowers were recovered to the shore by the inshore lifeboat and the safety boat . Although cold and wet, they are safe and well.”

– Maritime Operations Controller Ian Guy
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VIDEO: The Queen meets Battle of Britain pilots

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been Kent today - to meet some of the last remaining members of The Few - the pilots who defended Britain from invasion in 1940. The Queen opened the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust's new visitor centre at Capel-le-Ferne - following in the footsteps of her mother, who unveiled the memorial at the cliff-top site in 1993. As the events of World War two fade from living memory the centre is designed to teach and remind the younger generations of the sacrifices made. Sarah Saunders reports.

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