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.
The RNLI filmed the rescue, which you can watch here:
Beach rangers spotted a dinghy drifting 2 miles out to sea from Weston's Grand Pier yesterday afternoon. After failing to attract the attention of anyone on board they called the Coastguard. A lifeboat was sent within minutes, despite the crew all having to be called in from their day jobs.
The crew found two men on board, they did not realise they were drifting with the strong tides.
The dinghy was a small blow-up craft bought from the seafront. They had no proper life saving equipment with them. When the lifeboat arrived they realised the dinghy was leaking and in danger of sinking.
These young men were very lucky. Not only were they being carried out to sea by the tides but their dinghy was completely unsafe for the Bristol Channel. Also it was sinking and if we had not got to them they would have ended up struggling in the water.
We want people to enjoy the water, particularly in this hot weather, but take care. Dehydration sets in very easily and the sea is much colder than one might think, particularly offshore.
Only use good quality craft if going on the sea, make sure you have lifejackets and a means for calling for help.
The last flying Vulcan will bid farewell to Weston-super-Mare this weekend as it takes to the skies at the Weston Air Festival.
The Avro Vulcan Bomber is set to be retired in July and will make the last flight in the two day festival ending on Sunday 21 June.
Hundreds have taken part in a walk in memory of seven year old April Reeves who was killed after being hit by a car in Locking.
She was out on a family bike ride when she the accident took place on the A371.
Now local parents are campaigning for the 60mph speed limit to be lowered:
Hundreds are expected to turn out for a walk to raise awareness of the death of seven year old April Reeves from Weston-super-Mare who died following a collision on the A371.
April died when the pushbike she was riding was in collision with a car last month (28/5).
Parents and local teachers are now campaigning for the speed limit on the A371 to be reduced. The walk is through the village of Locking and begins just after 9am.
In light of the recent tragedy that happened on the A371 in Locking in which 7 year old April was killed we are now aiming to raise awareness of this lethal road in the hope of getting the speed limit reduced down from the current ridiculous 60mph it is.
We are also going to be campaigning to have a number of pedestrian crossings installed as currently there is only one concrete bridge which is inaccessible to anyone with buggies/bikes or wheelchair users.
The walk coincides with a national campaign by the road safety charity Brake which has published a survey showing a quarter of parents say the route between their home and primary school is safe enough for children to walk or cycle unsupervised.
Weston General Hospital has apologised to people trying to contact their loved ones. Its phone lines have been down since yesterday evening - and are likely to be down for the rest of the day.
Technical problems mean the hospital's main number is not working and there is no other number that can be used.
The hospital hopes to have the problem fixed by 7.30 tonight.
We understand this is very frustrating for people wanting to get through to loved ones here. Please accept our sincere apologies.
A seven-year-old girl from Weston-super-Mare who died following a collision on the A371 has been named as April Reeves.
April died when the pushbike she was riding was in collision with a car just before 3pm on Thursday (28/5). The collision happened between RAF Locking and the Helicopter Museum.
April was out cycling with her mother and 10-year-old brother at the time and up until just before the collision they were using the combined cycleway/pathway.
April’s family have said they are completely devastated by her death and added that she was greatly loved by all her family and friends.
Tributes have been paid to a seven-year-old girl who was killed as she cycled with her mum in Weston-super-Mare.
Dozens of flowers have been left at the spot on the A371 in Locking where the girl died, after colliding with a car as she pedalled to the shops.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened between the former RAF Locking base and The Helicopter Museum.
11-year-old Leroy Drake, who had been missing from his home in Weston-super-Mare since yesterday, has been found safe and well by police.
An 11-year-old boy has gone missing from his home in Weston-super-Mare.
Leroy Drake was last seen yesterday evening at about 5.30pm in the garden of his home in the Worle area of the town.
When last seen he was wearing a green t-shirt with a red patch pocket and navy blue shorts.
Police are particularly concerned as he is not dressed for the wet weather and have asked anyone on public transport in particular to keep a lookout for him.
Leroy, you’re not in any trouble, everyone just wants to know that you are safe. Please call home or ring the police yourself to let us know you are OK.