Here are some of the stories that were making the headlines on the Isle of Wight in September 2018.


There were further cancellations for Red Funnel customers, after its Red Eagle ship ‘ploughed’ into yachts in Cowes Harbour.

The cross-Solent operator says it had to pull the plug on its 4 pm and 7.15 pm sailings from Southampton to East Cowes.

The Ferry Firm says the cancellations are necessary whilst it carries out a ‘detailed investigation’ into how its 5.30 am journey collided with ‘several yachts’ in Cowes Harbour.



Around fifty firefighters from the Isle of Wight and Hampshire were in Sandown, where two hotels were on fire.

Up to 45 guests have been found temporary accommodation at the nearby Sandringham Hotel, Isle of Wight Radio has been told.

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service said it received around 30 calls just before 11am, alerting it to a fire in the Hotel Maria, the adjoining St Moritz and the Tarvic2 hotel on Culver Parade.



Isle of Wight prison officers are joining in with a national protest this morning (Friday), over concerns about health and safety.

The Prison Officers Association (POA) called for all its members across England and Wales to walk out of their workplaces ‘until instructed otherwise’.

The POA said it was demanding that the Government improve safety in jails and reduce violence and overcrowding, which it says has drastically increased.