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Sailor recovering after being airlifted to hospital

A sailor has been airlifted to hospital after they were knocked unconscious on the Round the Island race on the Isle of Wight.

They were unconscious for a long period of time with head injuries and an air ambulance flew them to Southampton General Hospital.

In a statement the Skipper Tony Newburry, of Ragtime II said:

"A head injury was sustained on Ragtime II. The casualty became unconscious and was transferred to Southampton General Hospital by helicopter. The casualty is now conscious and understood to be responding well to treatment."

– Tony Newbury, Ragtime II


Missy Elliott to headline at Bestival

Missy Elliott is to 'get her Island freak on' Credit: Bestival

Missy Elliott is to headline at the Summer of Love during Bestival on the Isle of Wight in September.

She is coming to Robin Hill for her first UK show in nine years, and will be the Sunday night headliner.

The Get Ur Freak On star hails from Portsmouth, Virginia and has five Grammy awards, along with one double platinum and four platinum albums.

Shecan't wait to see all her fans in England.

"We are gonna have a blast together," she said.

Girl rescued after swimmers 'tried to reach festival site'

The swimmers were thought to be heading for the festival site Credit: ITV

A young girl has been rescued after reports of several young people in the River Medina - possibly trying to reach the Isle of Wight Festival site.

Solent Coastguard was alerted along with Cowes RNLI and the police launch.

One of the swimmers, a girl, was rescued by a yacht and taken by ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital.

Using their powerful searchlights, the lifeboat and police launch began a thorough search of the water from Island Harbour to the Table Table pub/restaurant for what appeared to be three youths.

Eventually the search was called off without any sign of the other young people.

Isle of Wight Festival gets underway

The glorious weather we've been experiencing turned to rain in many places today so it can only mean one thing - the festival season has begun!

Yes thousands of people on the Isle of Wight swapped their flip-flops for wellies in preparation to see headlines acts such as Blur, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Idol and The Prodigy.

Divya Kohli has been among the festival goers and met one visitor of a very different kind...


Festival present is just the ticket for newlyweds

Festival-goers have been arriving on the Isle of Wight for this year's music festival.

It's the 13th time the event has been run - and among the headline acts are the band Fleetwood Mac.

For most people, it's about camping, socialising and enjoying the performances - but for one couple this year's Isle of Wight Festival is extra special. Divya Kohli reports from the island.

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