A man has been rescued after floating nearly two hundred and fifty metres out to sea on a lilo. The coastguard was called out from Weston Bay after members of the public sounded the alarm. There were concerns the strong tidal current could carry the man further out to sea.
The RNLI has released its call-out figures for last year. Lifeguards helped nearly 12,000 people - that's down nearly two thousand on the previous year. The RNLI's Flood Rescue Team had their busiest year on record though, deploying 6 times in the West Country.
Tourists heading to the South West's beaches over the bank holiday weekend are being reminded by the RNLI to stay safe. Despite the weather, the charity is anticipating a busy weekend. It's just started lifeguard patrols at 34 beaches across Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.
Beachgoers are advised to swim and bodyboard in supervised areas marked out by red and yellow flags.