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RNLI volunteers warn of the dangers of strong tides

RNLI volunteers in Weston-super-Mare rescue a stranded yacht crew. Credit: Weston super Mare RNLI

This weekend, RNLI volunteers in Weston-super-Mare were needed to rescue several members of the public, who had been caught out by strong tides.

On Saturday, a member of the public reported seeing a small yacht in apparent difficulty out in Weston Bay.

By the time the rescue boat had reached the yacht it had drifted well out to sea but the occupants were unaware of danger they could have been in.

The lifeboat was also launched on Sunday evening when a man, woman and their dog were spotted stranded on the rocks, after being cut off by the tide.

RNLI are urging people to take extra care over the summer holidays, as being cut off by strong tides is very common in the waters of the Bristol Channel.

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Memorial unveiled for footballer who died in freak accident

Ben Hiscox's family at the memorial bench in Stoke Gifford. Credit: ITV News West Country

Family and friends of an amateur footballer from Bristol who died following a freak accident on the pitch have gathered to remember him.

Ben Hiscox collided with a clubhouse wall and fractured his skull while playing for Stoke Gifford United earlier this year. He died in hospital after a series of seizures.

Today the 30-year-old's ashes were planted under a tree, and a bench unveiled in his memory.

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