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Passengers Rescued After Tripper Boat Incident

Passengers Rescued After Tripper Boat Incident

St Mary’s Lifeboat came to the aid of 48 passengers and 2 crewmembers on board a tripper boat this morning. The incident occurred just after 11.30am, when the Surprise was reported to be taking on water by the Daisy in the Western Rocks. RNLI spokesman Steve Watt says the fishing vessel Pioneer, along with Ben […]

By-Election Called For Vacant St Mary’s Council Seats

By-Election Called For Vacant St Mary’s Council Seats

A local by-election has been called on St Mary’s to contest the three vacant Council seats on the island. It follows a request by two members of the local electorate and is likely to take place on 16th June. Information about standing for election can be obtained from the Returning Officer through the Town Hall […]

New ‘Definitive’ Guide To Scilly’s Shipwrecks Is Launched

New ‘Definitive’ Guide To Scilly’s Shipwrecks Is Launched

A new ‘definitive’ record of Scilly’s shipwrecks has been launched by two local divers. Shipwrecks and Maritime History In And Around The Isles Of Scilly by Ed Cumming and Todd Stevens has taken almost eleven years to research and covers all known major incidents from the year 994 to the present day. Todd says they […]

Busy April For Air Ambulance In Scilly

Busy April For Air Ambulance In Scilly

The Cornwall Air Ambulance had a busy April in Scilly. The helicopter airlifted five patients to Treliske Hospital during the month, three of whom were suffering from serious medical conditions. A visitor to Tresco injured her leg after falling on the coast path and was flown to the mainland hospital in 35 minutes. And a […]

Half Marathons Around St Mary’s Will Raise Funds For Syrian Refugees

Half Marathons Around St Mary’s Will Raise Funds For Syrian Refugees

A Cornwall-based charity ambassador is running two half marathons around St Mary’s to help refugees. James Overton is the Cornwall Ambassador for the Refugee Aid Network and he announced recently his plan to buy an ambulance to send to Syria for use a mobile hospital. He still wants to do that and name the vehicle […]

Steamship Group Preparing For Busiest Week Of The Year

Steamship Group Preparing For Busiest Week Of The Year

The Steamship Company says it is preparing for its busiest week of the year in the run up to the start of the World Pilot Gig Championships, taking place from Friday 29th April to Monday 1st May. And it expects to ship a record amount of freight to the islands. The Gry Maritha will carry […]

Scilly’s Celebrity Sergeant To Headline New Arts And Culture Festival

Scilly’s Celebrity Sergeant To Headline New Arts And Culture Festival

Scilly’s celebrity Police Sergeant, Colin Taylor, has been booked as the headline act at the islands’ new Arts and Culture Festival. The event has been organised by the Islands’ Partnership and replaces Art Scilly Week, which has lost some of its initial momentum in recent years. On the 13th May Colin will meet visitors and […]

Lifeboat Called To First Rescue Of 2016

Lifeboat Called To First Rescue Of 2016

St Mary’s Lifeboat crew had their first shout of 2016 yesterday. RNLB The Whiteheads was called out at 1.47pm to a French single-handed yacht Cap Des Palmes that suffered structural damage near Bishop Rock lighthouse. Scilly’s RNLI Press Officer Steve Watts described the weather at the time as “horrific” with gale force South Easterly winds […]

Former Scilly School Pupil To Help Save Birds Threatened With Extinction

Former Scilly School Pupil To Help Save Birds Threatened With Extinction

A former Five Islands’ School pupil is hoping to save species of birds found on the Galapagos Islands from extinction. Becky Boulton of Bryher has begun a 3-year project at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. She’ll be studying an invasive fly, accidentally introduced to the Ecuador-owned islands, and which is threatening the so-called […]