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Success for West Country swimmers at Games

There's been early success in the pool for our West Country swimmers at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Plymouth's Ben Proud won his heat in the men's 50metres butterfly to go through to tonight's semi-finals as the fastest qualifier.

Plymouth swimmer Ben Proud
Ben Proud is through to the semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games Credit: PA

Exeter's Liam Tancock qualified for the semi-finals of the men's 100metres backstroke with a second-placed finish in his heat.

Liam Tancock competing in backstroke
Liam Tancock finished second in the men's 100m backstroke heat Credit: PA

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Giant Broadband cable being laid off the Scillies

A giant cable is being laid to give the Isles of Scilly Superfast Broadband. Engineers are using a ship moored off St Mary's to bring a 60 kilometre cable to the shore.

It will be connected to a high speed line that runs from Cornwall to Spain deep under the sea

Cable-laying ship
The cable-laying ship, Resolute, moored off St Mary's, Isles of Scilly Credit: ITV News West Country

It will mean islanders have much faster internet access.

Jeremy Steventon-Barnes from BT says the cable will be buried out of the way, deep in the sand.

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RNLI rescue boy from beach at Bude

RNLI lifeguards at Crooklets beach in Bude have rescued a young boy who was heard screaming for help. The boy had been dragged away from the beach in a very strong rip current.

Lifeguard Joby Wolfenden-Brown paddled out on a rescue board and grabbed the boy, who was in a lot of distress. He was brought back to shore and reunited with his family following the incident yesterday afternoon.

The RNLI says strong rip currents have formed at Crooklets beach this year. Earlier in the day, six people were pulled from the water after they became stuck in a rip current.

‘If you’re stuck in a rip current do not panic or swim against the current, keep hold of your flotation device and raise your arm and signal for help. If you see somebody in trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Rip currents can be very dangerous so it’s best to swim between the red and yellow flags on an RNLI lifeguarded beach.’

– Chris Wafer, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor
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