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Lifeboat volunteers save more lives than anywhere else

Rescuers in Weston-super-Mare have saved more lives than any other station in 2015.

Figures released by the RNLI show that Weston volunteers launched 48 times, and saved 13 lives, beating every other station in the UK.

Crews called out on the Bristol Channel saved more lives than any other station Credit: RNLI

Of the 48 launches, 29 people were also assisted.

The region's other stations were not far behind, with Minehead launching 41 times - assisting 19 and saving one, while Burnham-on-Sea launched 32 - assisting 15 and also saving one.

A life boat launches from Weston-super-Mare Credit: RNLI

Across the country the charity's lifeboats launched 8,228 times and rescued 7,973, ensuring 348 lives were saved.

Weston-super-Mare's lifeboat station Credit: RNLI
A table showing the RNLI call outs Credit: RNLI

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West RNLI crews aid in Cumbria flood rescues

Two of the West's life-saving RNLI crews are using their skills to help the emergency response following the floods in Cumbria.

After thousands were evacuated from their homes following Storm Desmond Helmsmen Nigel Congram and Liam McDermott from Weston-super-Mare travelled to the badly-hit area.

The pair are specially trained in flood rescue, which means they are able to deal with fast-moving water which behaves differently to the sea.

They have been helping people to escape their homes as part of four RNLI flood teams.

WATCH: Dramatic rescues by the RNLI

Lifeguards in North Somerset are warning it's only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt or killed in the region's waters

The number of people being rescued at Weston-super-Mare has risen by a third compared to the total for last year - and there's still a month of the summer holiday to go.

We've got dramatic footage of two rescues.

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Elderly woman rescued from River Avon with possible hypothermia

Rescuers used an inflatable raft to reach the woman. Credit: Avon Fire & Rescue

A woman in her seventies has been rescued from the River Avon in Bristol.

Firefighters, police, paramedics and the RNLI joined forces this morning after reports of a woman at the Cumberland Basin.

Rescuers used an inflatable raft to paddle to the woman, who was found on a mudbank near Bedminster Bridge.

She was hospitalised with suspected hypothermia.

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.

Hot weather warning after couple are rescued from sea

RNLI lifeboat Anna Stock comes to the rescue of two holiday-makers who got into trouble off Weston-super-Mare Credit: RNLI

The RNLI is warning people to be sensible in the heat. It comes as a couple had to be rescued after getting into difficulties in the sea off Weston-super-Mare

The lifeboat was launched after the man and woman from Sutton Coldfield were spotted hanging onto the struts of Birnbeck Pier yesterday afternoon, 30 June. They were brought aboard and taken to shore at Knightstone Harbour where they were checked over and left to carry on their holiday.

The speed of the tide running under Birnbeck Pier could have put these two into serious danger. Although it is very hot we do not advise swimming in the Bristol Channel unless you keep well in to the beach or you know the waters very well.

– Terry Wells, Helmsman

The RNLI filmed the rescue, which you can watch here:

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