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In Pictures: Cowes Week so far

The SB20 fleet start racing Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Spectators watch the racing from the Green in Cowes Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Boats from the Redwing and X One Design fleets prepare for racing Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
A cannon fires outside the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes to signal a passing yacht winning its class Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Competitors in the SB20 fleet struggling in the gusty conditions Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

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Lifeboat rescue after Wimbledon celebration goes wrong

The lifeboat was launched just after 6 pm and was quickly on the scene. One of the lifeboat crew, Dr Will King, checked the man over before he was transferred to the lifeboat. He was then taken to Trinity Landing, Cowes, where an ambulance was waiting to convey him to Newport's St Mary's Hospital.

On the way to Cowes the injured man told the crew that dislocation of his shoulder was a recurring problem for him. The last time was when he fell on the yacht while celebrating St Patrick's Day!

Man dislocates shoulder in Wimbledon celebration dive

The man being taken to hospital Credit: RNLI

A yachtsman, who was celebrating Andy Murray's Wimbledon win had to be rescued by Cowes RNLI lifeboat yesterday evening.

The 45-year-old was aboard his friend's 39-foot yacht moored in Newtown Creek, when he decided to take a celebratory dive into the sea.

As he hit the water, however, his right shoulder became dislocated. Although his arm was now firmly stuck in the air he still somehow managed to swim to the boat's rear platform where he was helped back on board by the owner.

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Sixteenth anniversary of Damien Nettles' disappearance

Damien Nettles
Damien Nettles disappeared on 2nd November 1996

Detectives on the Isle of Wight are renewing their appeal for more information about the disappearance of Damien Nettles on the Isle of Wight exactly sixteen years ago today. The 16-year-old from Gurnard was last seen during a night out in Cowes.

A £20,000 reward issued earlier this month is still on offer for information that leads to his location. His mother, Valerie Nettles, who now lives in America has spoken to Meridian Tonight about the heartache she feels because she does not know what happened to her son.

IRA connections to the Isle of Wight

Two home made bombs thought to be connected to the IRA have been found alongside guns and ammunition at woodland on the Isle of Wight.

The South East Counter Terrorism Unit is investigating after the explosives were found by a dog walker close to Parkhurst Prison last month.

Officers think they could be related to IRA prisoners who were being held on the island in the 1970s and 80s. Martin Dowse explains.

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