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Falmouth takes over coastguard duties for Brixham

Falmouth Coastguard have taken over work from Brixham today - after the Devon organisation closed. Emergency calls off the Devon coast will be taken by Falmouth or Lee-on-Solent coastguard in Hampshire. Thirty people lost their jobs as a result of the closure.

Councillor Vic Ellery, Torbay Harbour Committee said it was a sad day for Brixham:

Cllr Vic Ellery, Torbay Harbour Committee went on to say he wasn't convinced the move would be better for local people.

Local knowledge here is everything. Alright to have technology and all that but these guys here are so professional, know every inch of the coast line, know all the names and different names the fishermen give it. You know I'm sorry but I'm not convinced that is a better response with new technology in Hampshire.

– Cllr Vic Ellery, Torbay Harbour Committee

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Woman airlifted to hospital after cliff fall in Devon

A woman in her 40s has been airlifted to hospital after falling from the cliffs at Salcombe early this morning, Thursday 17 July.

Brixham Coastguard says that she fell up to 20 feet and could have fallen even further but she got stuck in the undergrowth.

It is believed that she has broken some bones and there are possible spinal injuries.

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Search due to resume for diver's body

The RNLI, police divers and the police and coastguard helicopter all took part in the search Credit: ITV News West Country

The search is due to resume this morning for the body of a diver on the seabed off Devon.

The alarm was raised yesterday at lunchtime after experienced divers reported the sighting near Breakwater Beach in Brixham. A large air and sea search was called off at dusk but police say it will begin again, depending on the tides. Nobody has so far been reported missing.

Search underway for body of diver

Breakwater car park is closed in search for diver Credit: ITV West Country

A large search is underway this evening following reports that the body of a diver was seen lying on the sea bed off a beach in Brixham.

The police and coastguard rescue helicopter was deployed along with police divers. Breakwater car park has been closed.

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