Prince Charles visits Glastonbury Abbey

Prince Charles has been visiting Glastonbury Abbey this morning as the first part of his visit to Somerset. Later he will visit Muchelney.

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RNLI rescue man in yacht from Bristol Channel

A lifeboat crewman was forced to jump into the Bristol Channel to rescue a man whose yacht had run aground.

The man got into difficulty on Sunday afternoon in the strong winds off Clevedon beach.

When crews arrived, there was only one metre of water around the yacht so a crew member had to get out and swim to it to tow it out of danger.

It soon became clear that yacht was in serious danger of being turned on to its side. It was clear that the yacht was now crashing down directly on the sea bed. The volunteer crew had to work quickly and professionally to decide the best way to assist the person on the yacht. This was going to be a tricky manoeuvre for the volunteers.

– Dave Herbert, Lifeboat spokesman

The yacht was towed to Portishead Marina where it was handed over to the Portishead Coastguards.

Elderly warned to drink more in the heat

Elderly warned to drink more in the heat
Elderly warned to drink more in the heat Credit: Bluebird Care

A care provider in South Gloucestershire is giving older people free advice on how to stay cool this summer.

GP surgeries and hospitals are reporting an increase in pensioners visiting them with heat related illnesses.

Primarily, people are at a much higher risk of dehydration in the hot weather. The body requires considerably more fluid when the temperature rises outside, but many avoid drinking more water because going to the loo can often be a real struggle in itself, possibly resulting in incontinence.

– Jack Whitfield, Managing Director of Bluebird Care

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Wiltshire comemmorate their 10,000 lost soldiers

Wiltshire comemmorate their 10,000 lost soldiers
Wiltshire comemmorate their 10,000 lost soldiers Credit: ITV West Country

A service at Tidworth Military Cemetery will remember the 10,000 soldiers from Wiltshire who lost their lives during the First World War.

Each fallen soldier will be represented by a named cross and placed on a wall of remembrance.

service at Tidworth Military Cemetery to remember fallen soldiers
service at Tidworth Military Cemetery to remember fallen soldiers Credit: ITV West Country

Today's event has been organised by Wiltshire Council and the Ministry of Defence.

Thousands of soldiers from our county made a huge sacrifice for all of us and it's only right that we mark this significant period in our history appropriately. We can only imagine what those soldiers went through, so this event will be an opportunity for people to reflect on the loss their communities experienced and pay their respects.

– Jane Scott, Wiltshire Council leader

Warnings of the dangers of tombstoning

Holcombe quarry is a popular tombstoning site
Holcombe quarry is a popular tombstoning site Credit: ITV West Country

Police have issued warnings of the dangers of tombstoning.

Holcombe quarry in Somerset is a popular site for people jumping into the water in the hot weather. Avon Fire & Rescue have issued a statement asking people to take precautions.

Jumping into deep areas of water can be hazardous even for the strongest swimmer. The water may look tempting but under the surface it could be extremely cold and may result in hypothermia. There could also be objects like rocks, trees and rubbish which aren’t visible from the surface, which could lead to injury.

If you are going swimming outside never go alone and always make sure someone knows where you are. Stay within your depth, keep away from weirs and areas with strong currents and never swim after drinking alcohol or taking drugs as this could slow your reaction times.

If you spot someone in trouble, shout for help and dial 999 to request the fire and rescue service.

– Martyn Bolt, Avon Fire & Rescue

Heatwave leaves elderly struggling

Hospitals have seen an increase in elderly people suffering from the heat.
Hospitals have seen an increase in elderly people suffering from dehydration. Credit: PA

Hospitals and doctors surgeries across the West Country have seen an increase in admissions over the past couple of weeks with older people struggling with the heat. While the current heatwave might seem perfect beach weather, it can have severe impact on health with dehydration and heat stroke a major problem, particularly for the elderly.

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Warnings over dangerous mudflats

Emergency services say they fear a tragedy could happen if people don't follow warning signs about the dangerous North Somerset mudflats.

Avon Fire and Rescue's Hovercraft was called into action yesterday afternoon after reports that 8 bathers had got stuck on the beach at Weston-super-Mare during low tide.

Amongst them was a heavily pregnant woman and a young girl.

Avon Fire and Rescue's Hovercraft was called into action yesterday afternoon after reports that 8 bathers had got stuck on the beach at Weston-super-Mare during low tide.
Avon Fire and Rescue's Hovercraft was called into action yesterday afternoon after reports that 8 bathers had got stuck on the beach at Weston-super-Mare during low tide. Credit: ITV
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