A man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after falling down cliffs in Cornwall. It was among dozens of incidents during one of the busiest weekends ever for emergency services around our coasts.
Coastguards say many of the incidents could have been avoided with sensible precautions and some common sense, as John Andrews reports.
A man has been rescued after falling overboard from a yacht off the coast of Ushant in France. Brixham Coastguard received a 999 call just after 3pm this afternoon (Thursday 23 May) reporting that one of the two people on board the yacht had been washed overboard by a large wave.
The French search and rescue authorities coordinated the rescue, with Brixham Coastguard assisting by keeping in regular contact with the man still on board the yacht, and the French authorities.
A tug boat carrying 200 tonnes of diesel which was stricken off the coast of Torbay is now sitting off Portland. Salvage experts are assessing whether it's safe to bring the vessel into Portland harbour.
Six people were rescued and Brixham Coastguard says an environmental disaster has been averted. Work has been going on for the last two days to stop the tug from sinking, after it was hit by a ship it was towing.
Volunteer crews from Exmouth and Torbay lifeboat stations launched around 9.30pm last night to a damaged tug that was taking on water.
The 70 metre tug Christos XXII was damaged after it slowed to investigate a problem with the hull it was towing, the 80 metre Emstrom. On slowing down, the Emstrom, hit the Tug leaving a 35cm gash in its hull.