THE OWNERS of a cafe in storm-battered Steephill Cove have thanked volunteers who have helped clean up the beauty spot in the wake of the Valentine’s Storm.
Thirty bags of rubbish were collected from the cove after tonnes of plastic debris was washed ashore during the storm last Friday night.
Jim and Mandy Wheeler, owners of The Crab Shed cafe, praised volunteers for their efforts in clearing away the rubbish.
Jim said he had yet to check his fishing gear, which he used to catch fresh crab and lobster for the cafe, but expected it to have suffered some damage.
He said however: "You can be assured that we will still be serving fresh crab and lobster in time for Easter."
He also thanked Prof Robin McInnes who, during his time as an officer with the Isle of Wight Council, oversaw the building of sea defences built to protect the cove.
He said: "If that had not been done, the sea would have come in for sure and the houses would have been in trouble."
• Businesses in Totland have organised a clean-up of the beach at Totland Bay. It will take place on Saturday from 10am to 3pm.
Photographer Chad Powell's picture reveals the state of Steephill Cove the day after the storm. Picture courtesy of Chad Powell, via Twitter @IOWMilkyWay.