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RNLI saves two children cut off by tide

The Weston-super Mare volunteer Lifeboat crew have saved the lives of two children after they were cut off on the rocks by the tide.

Neither child was hurt but both were 'ashamed' at being caught out by the tide. Credit: RNLI

The crew received a call this afternoon (4 April) when a member of the public raised the alarm about two children who'd been cut off by the tide.

Within minutes the lifeboat was released and raced around Knightstone Island to where the boys were trapped. Each boy was perched on a rock with the water rising around them. One already had his feet in the water.

Although the rocks are sharp and hazardous the crew manoeuvred the lifeboat in amongst the rocks and managed to grab both boys.

These two lads were lucky. The tide around here rises very, very quickly and if we had been some minutes later they would have drowned.

The Bristol Channel has the second highest range of tides in the world and everyone should treat the sea with respect.

– Nigel Congram, helmsman

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World-renowned Red Arrows returning to Weston-super-Mare

The Red Arrows performing in 2015. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The world-renowned Red Arrows will be coming back to wow the crowds at this year’s Weston Air Festival.

18 June
They make their appearance at the two-day festival.

It's the fourth year The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team will be heading to Weston-super-Mare to perform their precision flying display.

It gives me enormous pleasure to confirm that the Red Arrows and Typhoon will be performing at the Weston Air Festival this year.

The festival is now firmly established in the air show calendar and is the latest addition to what promises to be a packed summer of events on Weston’s seafront.

– Cllr Felicity Baker, North Somerset Council

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Man charged with historic kidnap and sexual assault of teenage girl

A man has been charged with the kidnap and sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl in Weston-super-Mare almost 33 years ago.

The 60-year-old David Green was arrested yesterday in the Moseley area of Birmingham. The charges relate to an incident in July 1983, when a teenager was assaulted in a storeroom off Marine Parade.

A man has been charged with the historic kidnap and sexual assault of a teenage girl

We’ve charged a 60-year-old man with the kidnap and sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl in Weston-super-Mare almost 33 years ago.

David John Green, of Moseley in Birmingham was arrested yesterday (26/2) following an investigation by the Major Crime Review Team.

He’s been charged with kidnap, buggery, attempted rape and indecent assault.

The charges relate to an incident on 17 July 1983, when a 15-year-old girl was assaulted in a storeroom off Marine Parade.

– Avon and Somerset Police

The arrest follows Friday's sentencing of Stephen McCafferty, who admitted raping a woman 35-years-ago in Bristol after DNA tracked him down.

No rail service between Weston-super-Mare and Weston Milton

There is currently no Great Western Railway service running between Weston-super-Mare and Weston Milton due to a person being hit by a train at Weston Milton.

Customers are advised that tickets are being accepted on Cross Country services between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton.

Trains are subject to alterations and cancellations at short notice.

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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