Dartmouth-based fishing charter firm, Outlaw got more than it bargained for last weekend when it took some regulars on a trip on the Mid-Channel Wrecks in search of winter pollock.
Tim Smith from Dawlish hooked a fish but had to fight off a seal for his prize. The boat's owner describes what happened.
Tim had just retrieved the fish to mid-water when suddenly his rod dipped viciously right over the rail, he now appeared to have a real battle on his hands, slowly he gained on the fish until his pollock broke the surface some distance from the boat.
It was clear he had caught a pollock, but trailing right behind his catch was a beady pair of eyes and whiskers – a seal had decided to attack his fish on the way up and hung on to it right on to the bitter end.
Thankfully, only the fish was hooked and as he reeled in his pollock towards Outlaw, the seal stubbornly let go and disappeared back to the deep.
The same thing happened to two more anglers - and so, when the seal surfaced again, the skipper handed him a pollock, which he took and disappeared for the rest of the day, leaving the fishermen to fish in peace.
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.
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.
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.
Fire fighters spent last night dealing with a fire on board a boat moored in the Dart Estuary at Dartmouth.
The RNLI have released this video which shows volunteers from Torbay and Dart lifeboats tackling the blaze.
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.
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.
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 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.
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