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Digger plunge- pictures of narrow escape

The digger plunged 20 feet into the wharf Credit: Dorset Media Services

A man is recovering in hospital after his digger plunged into the sea at Portland. It's thought he was operating the vehicle when it slipped off the sea wall.

The digger in the wharf at Castletown Credit: Dorset Media Services

Rescuers say he was lucky not to have been crushed to death. He was airlifted to safety before being transferred to Southampton General Hospital. His injuries, which include a broken leg, are said to be "significant" but not life threatening.

He was treated by paramedics Credit: Dorset Media Services

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Man in hospital after digger plunge in Dorset

Fire crews and paramedics attended the scene Credit: DFRS

A WORKER was winched to safety after a digger went over a wall and into the sea on Portland.

Emergency services rushed to the scene at Crown Wharf, Castletown yesterday afternoon

The digger fell over a 20ft wall and on to the man, who is believed to have been driving the vehicle.

He was airlifted to safety by the coastguard helicopter and transported to Southampton General Hospital.

He's said to be recovering from "significant injuries"

Barn fire closes B3081 in Dorset

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service report that a barn fire is likely to keep the B3081 closed overnight.

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1/2The Officer-in-charge of the barn fire Wimborne St Giles nr Cranborne has asked us to let you know that the B3081 closed btwn Creech Hill

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2/2 & Wimborne St Giles likely to be closed all night. This is a barn fire containing straw 10mx30m fire throughout bdg main water jets used

Owners urged to check chimneys

Owners of thatched properties are being urged to check the safety of their chimneys after a spate of fires on Good Friday.

At the peak of the fires, around 200 firefighters from across the country were engaged in battling the thatch blazes in Hythe, Wherwell near Andover and East Meon.

Early investigations suggest all three fires were caused by sparks or heat from the chimney or the liner. With the chilly weather set to continue, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to check their chimneys are equipped to deal with the fires they are lighting.

The outbreak of fires on Good Friday suggests people are still using their open fires and log burners due to the unseasonably cold weather. But these fires can cause huge problems, particularly in thatched properties, if chimneys are not properly maintained.

The frequency of sweeps will depend on the material being burned, with chimneys over wood fires needing more regular sweeps than those with coal or oil. With people still using fires into the spring months, additional sweeps may also be required.==

– Dan Tasker, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

He added: "It is crucial that flues and liners are properly checked by professionals and that chimneys are regularly swept. With regular maintenance most chimney fires are preventable and we can avoid the sort of destruction seen with the recent thatch fires."

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