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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.

Weston General Hospital asks people to avoid A&E unless it's urgent

Weston Area Health NHS Trust are asking people to avoid making a trip to A&E today, unless they are suffering from an urgent medical problem.

They stressed that A&E is very busy and asked anyone who still requires help and advice for a non-urgent medical problem should follow this link:

Do you really need our Emergency Department?


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:

RNLI volunteers save two men in a blow-up dinghy

Lifeboat crews rescue two men in a blow-up dinghy near Weston-super-Mare's Grand Pier Credit: RNLI

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.

– Liam McDermott, Helmsman

Hundreds walk in memory of school girl killed in traffic accident

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 expected for walk in memory of school girl

April Reeves died after being hit by a car on the A371 Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

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.

– Amy Sewell, Organiser

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.

Phone lines down at Weston General Hospital

The hospital's phone lines have been down since yesterday. Credit: ITV News

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.

– Weston General Hospital spokesman

School girl killed while cycling in Weston named

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 died when the pushbike she was riding was in collision with a car Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

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 paid to seven-year-old who died while cycling with her mum

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.

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