New warnings over the dangers of the sea have been made today as the number of visitors to our coastline reaches its peak. The RNLI have been out in force in Weston-super-Mare to raise the public's awareness of the risks of entering the water. The casualties both in the sea and on the rocks were there for purely training purposes today but with around 50 emergencies a year Weston's RNLI know this is vital preparation for the real thing.
The resort's high tidal range and notorious mudflats attract the unsuspecting who were given this stark warning by one ex-crew man who's seen decades of danger.
Something most local people do know which is why supporting the RNLI in saving those who don't is so strong here.
These crews are operating without a permanent home after the pier they launched from for more than 130 years was ruled too dangerous.
Today was a chance to celebrate that support with craft old and new putting on a show. The crew know the next time they take to the water it won't be for a display but a matter of life or death.