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Record-breaking interest in visiting Cornwall

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The sun seems to be shining for tourism in Cornwall. The official online guide to visiting the county had a record-breaking half a million hits last month.

VisitCornwall.com says that's a huge increase on last year. Popular searches on the site were places to stay, things to do and local events - good news for local business and the region's reputation as a top summer destination.

Two Cornish shellfish beds closed due to E.coli

Stock photo of shellfish in Cornwall. Credit: ITV West Country

Two Cornish shellfish beds have been closed for the second time after tests showed higher levels of the E.coli bacteria.

One bed is on the Helford Rier and the other on the Camel Estuary.

Earlier this month, sixteen beds had to be closed temporarily after tests found higher levels of E.coli.

The beds were re-tested and found to be clear and now the Food Standards agency is holding an investigation into why those results were so high.

We would expect to see an increase in E.coli levels following periods of heavy rain, which was experienced prior to the samples being collected.

Further samples will be taken this week and when results of analysis show levels have returned to within the required parameters, the two shellfish beds in question will be re-opened.

– Cornwall Council

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Boardmasters festival kicks off in Newquay

Boardmasters has officially opened today. Credit: ITV West Country

The annual Boardmasters surf and music festival has started in Newquay.

Over the next five days around a hundred thousand people are expected to attend the event.

Photographers at the ready on Fistral Beach. Credit: ITV West Country

The surfing and skateboard events are taking place at Fistral Beach and the music festival will be at Watergate Bay.

The festival brings millions of pounds into the local economy.

Surfing events will take place over the next five days. Credit: ITV West Country

Rare leatherback turtle spotted in Lyme Regis

A fisherman in Dorset has managed to capture a picture of a rare leatherback sea turtle, eating a jellyfish in the waters of Lyme Regis.

The endangered species is from the Caribbean and have been spotted before in the area but it's rare to see them so near the shore.

The Leatherback is the largest of all living turtles and they are able to raise their own body temperatures, which allows them to swim in cooler waters.

Have you spotted any amazing sea creatures off our coasts? Send us your pictures!

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WATCH: RNLI rescue surfer struggling against rip tide in Cornwall

RNLI lifeguards at Constantine Bay rescued a surfer yesterday after he became caught in difficult conditions.

The incident was caught on camera and the RNLI have released the footage today, to warn members of the public of the hazards of stronger rip currents.

RNLI have said the swell has been picking up since yesterday and a big tide has meant that rip currents are particularly strong right now.

They have issued the following advice to people heading to the beach to swim:

Our advice is to always choose to visit an RNLI lifeguarded beach, and swim between the red and yellow flags. Lifeguards continually monitor conditions and will react accordingly, so we’d encourage people to take heed of their advice to stay safe.

– Leon Bennett, RNLI

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Police appeal for information following fatal collision

The collision near St Agnes has left two people dead. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Devon & Cornwall Police are appealing for witnesses following the collision near St Agnes which left two people dead.

Police responded to reports at around 3.20am on Sunday of a car being involved in a collision with a pedestrian between Chiverton Cross Roundabout and St Agnes, Cornwall.

When they arrived at the scene, they discovered the bodies of man and a woman, were found near the scene.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remain in police custody awaiting interview.

We are investigating the circumstance surrounding the death of these two people, and we are keeping and open mind.

We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time, especially if you saw either of the two walkers on the road from St Agnes towards the A30 prior to the collision, or a white S4 Audi Estate during this time as you could hold vital information.

– Police Spokesman

Fatal crash kills two in Cornwall

A man and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene. Credit: ITV News West Country

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of death by dangerous driving after two people were killed in a crash in Cornwall.

It happened on the B3277 between Chiverton Cross Roundabout and St Agnes sometime between Saturday evening and the early hours of Sunday.

A man and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene.

Portuguese man o' war washes up on Cornish beach

A team of volunteers cleaning up a Cornish beach have stumbled upon a Portuguese man o'war.

The Friends of Portheras Cove found it on Thursday morning.

The Portuguese man o'war is actually a colony of different organisms Credit: Friends of Portheras Cove

"These hydrozoans (not jellyfish) have a powerful sting, so DO NOT TOUCH" the group said.

"Although rare in the UK, such strandings do happen from time to time, and we had a spate at the cove back in the autumn of 2012."

The team said a resident biologist identified the man o'war and removed it safely.

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