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Phil aims to conquer Everest

A local police sergeant is preparing to journey to the top of the world.

Phil Drowley leaves the Island tomorrow on an expedition which he hopes will lead to him taking a Manx flag to the summit of Mount Everest (pictured).

The trip has been touch and go in the past few days and weeks, with a permit for the expedition team only being issued at the last minute.

The trip is to raise money for Ronald McDonald House and to fulfil a personal challenge.

Last time Phil attempted the climb he was ill, and so this time he is determined to reach the top:

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