Hampshire and Isle of Wight weekly round-up: 5 November - 11 November

Spirit of Discovery cruise ship
One passenger said the ship was stationary for about 15 hours whilst "caught in the middle of the storm"

The story of cruise ship passengers describing their experiences during a storm in the Bay of Biscay was among our most read stories this week in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

A variety of local issues featured on the BBC News website, BBC Radio Solent and South Today.

We have picked five stories to keep you up to date.

Cruise passengers 'feared for their lives' in storm

Passengers on the Spirit of Discovery described a state of fear on board the cruise ship after it was hit by a storm in the Bay of Biscay.

About 100 people were injured when the ship veered dramatically during a safety manoeuvre on 4 November.

Most of the injuries were described as minor by cruise company Saga, but five people were taken to hospital when the ship docked in Portsmouth on Monday.

Same-sex parents describe feeling 'judged'

Sarah Louise and Emma with son Louis
Sarah Louise (right) gave birth to son Louis after three rounds of IVF with partner Emma

There are more same-sex parents than ever before.

But some still feel vulnerable and have described encountering comments that have made them feel judged and uncomfortable.

The BBC spoke to two sets of mums and dads about their experiences.

Airport's extended runway attracts first new routes

Two new holiday routes are set to take off from Southampton Airport now it has a longer runway.

EasyJet will start weekly flights to Spanish city, Alicante in March and Faro, southern Portugal in July.

The airport has added a 164m (538ft) extension between its existing runway and its northern boundary fence.

Family suffering amid ADHD drug shortage

Kerryann with husband Shaun and sons Clayton and Fred
Kerryann and Shaun with their sons Clayton (left) and Fred

The mother of a boy with ADHD has described how a national shortage of the medication he needs has left him in limbo eight months after his diagnosis.

Nine-year-old Clayton's parents Kerryann and Shaun, from Hampshire, said it took two years for him to finally be diagnosed in March.

The government has warned some supply issues could last until December.

Pregnant woman recalls underwater escape from flood

Claire Drakeford
Claire Drakeford said she owed her life to her fiancé who pulled her through a submerged window

A pregnant woman has described how she had to submerge herself under water to escape her flooded basement flat through a window.

Claire Drakeford, 39, had returned from a night shift to find flash flooding in Ryde, Isle of Wight, on 25 October.

She managed to get into her flat and woke up her fiancé, Will Dibbens, 36, before water overwhelmed their home.

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