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Croyde lifeguards rescue 24 from rip currents

RNLI lifeguards at Croyde beach rescued 24 people after bathers and bodyboarders were caught in strong rip currents. The casualties, including children, were dragged away from the beach and unable to make it back to shore in the conditions.

Children were among those rescued in busy day for lifeguards Credit: RNLI

RNLI lifeguards carried out several rescues throughout the day (Tuesday July 24th) as people struggled.

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The world's best beaches

The south west has some of the best beaches in the world. That's according to Keep Britain Tidy, which has just announced its annual Blue Flag Awards. 44 beaches across the region received awards. England as a whole has been ranked in the top ten across the world for Blue Flag beaches.

Keep Britain Tidy says our beaches are some of the best in the world Credit: ITV Westcountry

'Stay safe' warning from RNLI

Tourists heading to the South West's beaches over the bank holiday weekend are being reminded by the RNLI to stay safe. Despite the weather, the charity is anticipating a busy weekend. It's just started lifeguard patrols at 34 beaches across Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.

Beachgoers are advised to swim and bodyboard in supervised areas marked out by red and yellow flags.

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