The Dartmouth Royal Regatta

Thousands are expected to turn out for Dartmouth’s 190th Royal Regatta this week.

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Dartmouth Lower Ferry enters digital age

Dartmouth Lower Ferry enters digital age Credit: ITV News West Country

Dartmouth Lower Ferry will today begin offering customers a new digital card for ferry crossings. It's expected to speed up the ticketing process and can be scanned through a car's windscreen. Anyone who still has paper tickets will still be able to use them until they run out.

The rainbow garden that's divided into colours

As part of our series on gardens in the West Country, our reporter Francesca Carpenter has been to visit Ash Tree Farm near Dartmouth.

The owners say it's a rainbow garden, carefully laid out in all the different colours. Although it's rarely seen by members of the public, this summer it is open on a number of occasions as part of the National Gardens Scheme.

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Family lose home as fire rips through boat

A well known fishing family in Dartmouth have tonight lost their home and business after fire ripped through their boat, The African Queen, early this morning.

Alan and Hilary Hemsley lived on the boat from which they ran fishing trips for tourists. The former Navy vessel is steeped in history, having helped to repatriate bodies of those killed during World War Two. Seth Conway reports.

Daylight shows full extend of damage to African Queen

It's hoped the hull of the boat is salvageable Credit: ITV News West Country

Following last night's fire on board a boat moored in the Dart Estuary at Dartmouth assessors have been examining the damage caused.

The 51ft pleasure boat, The African Queen, has been badly damaged, although it's hope the hull is salvageable.

Insurance assessors have been examining the damaged caused by the fire Credit: ITV News West Country

Crews praised after boat fire in Dartmouth

Team work and quick actions meant a boat fire on the river Dart did not become a much more serious incident.

Just after midnight on Monday night, Dart Harbour staff were alerted by Brixham Coastguard to a serious fire aboard the African Queen, belonging to Alan and Hilary Hemsley.

Luckily Hilary and Alan were not on board when the fire took hold and by the time Dart Harbour staff arrived on the scene the vessel was well and truly ablaze.

I wish to pay tribute to Brixham Coastguard, Torbay Lifeboat, the Lower Ferry service, and especially the skipper Mr William Davis, Devon and Somerset Fire Brigade and Adler and Allen, our oil pollution responders, for their swift response and their excellent team effort. Whilst the primary concern was for Hilary and Alan’s safety, all agencies have acted together to prevent the situation from being far worse, namely the vessel sinking off the pontoon resulting in a potential pollution incident. I wish to thank all those who were involved in the rescue effort last night.

– Harbour Master Capt Rob Giles

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Fire on board pleasure cruiser on River Dart

The African Queen was well alight when fire crews arrived Credit: Paul Reid

Fire fighters have spent the night dealing with a fire on board a boat moored in the Dart Estuary at Dartmouth.

The 51ft pleasure boat called The African Queen was well alight and a number of appliances were required.

The 51ft pleasure boat has been badly damaged Credit: Paul Reid

High winds and flooding force Dartmoor Zoo to close

High winds and flooding force Dartmoor Zoo to close Credit: ITV News West Country

The bad weather is forcing some of the West Country's tourist attractions to close their doors.

High winds and local flooding have forced Dartmoor Zoo near Plymouth to shut for the second time in three weeks.

Paignton Zoo has also announced that it is closed today.

Decisions on when to reopen will be made over the weekend.

Dartmouth serviceman begins rowing challenge

Dartmouth serviceman begins rowing challenge Credit: ITV News West Country

An injured serviceman from Dartmouth will begin the world's toughest rowing race this morning. Cayle Royce lost his legs in Afghanistan. He and his team are on the Canary Islands making last minute preparations.

It's a 3000 mile race across the ocean to Antigua. The crew are raising money for Help the Heroes.

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