Zookeeper Libor Mach teaching a young seal to swim

Seal pup learns to swim at Torquay zoo

You might think seals are born being able to swim but a zoo keeper in Devon has had to take on the task of teaching a youngster in his care

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Unconscious boy and woman rescued from Woolacombe Beach

A 9 year old boy and woman in her late forties are seriously ill in hospital after being rescued by RNLI lifeguards at Woolacombe Beach in North Devon.

Both were unconscious when they were rescued. They were taken to North Devon District Hospital by RAF Helicopter.

The surf conditions were heavy today and the RNLI have dealt with a number of incidents in the North Devon area.


Plymouth warship seizes cocaine in the Caribbean

Plymouth warship HMS Argyll
HMS Argyll on counter-narcotic duty in the Caribbean Credit: MoD

The Plymouth-based warship, HMS Argyll, has seized nearly 600 kilos of cocaine with a UK street value of £21 million. It followed a 12-hour pursuit across the Caribbean.

The Type 23 frigate is on counter-narcotic operations in the region and was tasked to pursue a suspicious boat. The ship used its sea boats and Lynx helicopter to detain the crew and seize the drugs.

Crew of HMS Argyll carry bags of cocaine seized from a suspicious vessel in the Caribbean
The crew of HMS Argyll seized 18 bags of cocaine with a street value of £21 million Credit: MoD

Five people found on board the boat were detained in HMS Argyll and handed over to US justice on Friday (22 August).

The Royal Navy has a hard-earned record of tackling illegal drugs smuggling and we should be extremely proud that HMS Argyll has been involved in a dramatic and very successful operation to disrupt the supply. The operation showed tenacity and professionalism.

– Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois

PCC warns that police force could go bust

Police Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, Tony Hogg
Devon & Cornwall PCC Tony Hogg is warning that major changes are needed to stop the force going bust Credit: ITV News

The Police Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall says he fears the force could go bust unless big changes are made.

Tony Hogg says the force receives more than 2,500 calls a day and deals with nearly 900 incidents.

He warns that unless new ways are found to save money and deliver policing - continued funding cuts will put the force in the red.


New owners of Bantham beach revealed?

Bantham beach
Bantham beach and estuary was expected to sell for around £11 million Credit: ITV News

The mystery buyers of a multi-million pound beach in South Devon may have been revealed.

The 728 acre property, which includes dunes, a river estuary and 22 homes went on the market in June. There was major interest in the sale and the National Trust even began an appeal to save it.

Now the prospective new owners have been named in the Telegraph as the Johnston family who run the Great Tew estate in Oxfordshire.

Torquay zoo keeper teaches seal to swim

Torquay zoo keeper teaches seal to swim
Torquay zoo keeper teaches seal to swim Credit: ITV News West Country

A keeper at a zoo in Torquay has been given the job of teaching a young seal to swim. Normally they learn from their parents but this seal pup is being hand-reared and Libor Mach has had to step in. Apparently she's taken to it like a - well - seal to water.

She was quite scared, actually, the first day. It was quite funny seeing a seal run out of the water, but Li has done a great job and she's found her flippers and she's well away now, and she's really enjoying the water.

– Clare Rugg, Living Coasts Operations Manager

More swimming success for Plymouth's Ben Proud

Ben Proud
Ben Proud has won another gold medal - this time at the European Championships. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

Plymouth's Ben Proud has won gold at the European Championships.

The double Commonwealth champion was competing in the men's 100 metres relay.

The 19-year-old did two lengths of freestyle - helping Britain to its most successful European swimming championships ever.

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