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Large sinkhole re-appears on Exmouth beach

Large sinkhole re-appears on Exmouth beach Credit: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

A large sinkhole on Exmouth beach has re-appeared following heavy rain.

It was first spotted at the beginning of the month but following recent bad weather the area has been cordoned off once again.

The coastguard fears the ground could way to a much larger chamber beneath.


Exmouth's new lifeboat has official dedication

Hundreds turned out to the official dedication of Exmouth's new lifeboat Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of people turned out to the official dedication of Exmouth's new lifeboat.

The new Shannon class boat is faster, safer, and more manoeuvrable than its predecessor and, as John Andrews reports, has already proved a lifesaver.

Three young men, Jared Cloclough, Richard Smith and Daniel Morton whose speed boat sank almost certainly owe their lives to her.

Roger Jackson helped pluck them from the water.

"One of those shouts we can honestly say we'll always remember just because when we got there, there they were kind of splashing about, desperately trying to cling on to whatever they could and they were very lucky lads actually."

– Roger Jackson, Dep coxswain

Much of the cost of one-and-half million pounds came from a legacy from a couple in the Midlands as a tribute to an ancestor.

"A distant relative in the 1850s who's life was shortened at the age of 37 by helping on the coxswain of the Spurn Head lifeboat at Hull."

– Annette Richardson, Neice of R and J Welburn

He'd surely be proud, and amazed, at the new craft.

See John Andrew's full report below:

RNLI save four people from sinking motorboat

Exmouth RNLI leapt into action at the weekend after a motorboat began to sink with four people onboard.

Crews were alerted to the rapidly sinking boat about half a mile off Budleigh Salterton shortly before 3pm. They originally thought the 18-foot boat had broken down, but within minutes a Mayday call for immediate help came in.

Inshore lifeboat, George Bearman crew volunteers stay on scene to watch over the sinking motorboat Credit: Exmouth RNLI

We realised we were on our way to a more serious scenario and once on scene, found four casualties in the water with the hull of their 18 foot motorboat sticking out of the water. Since only one casualty – a 13 year old child was wearing a lifejacket, time was of the essence.

– Coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson

Once safely rescued from the water, the casualties, who had swallowed sea water, were taken to an awaiting ambulance at Exmouth Marina.

After returning to the scene, the volunteers established a tow line to the power boat and took the vessel to Belchers Slipway for recovery by the owner.

All-weather lifeboat Shannon class R and J Welburn launches on Exmouth Beach Credit: Exmouth RNLI

Toddler gets toilet training seat stuck on his head

Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has come to the rescue of a three-year-old boy who got a toilet training seat stuck on his head.

One crew was called out to Richards Close in Exmouth this morning and released the child by cutting through the plastic seat with snippers.

The firefighters said the little boy, who had managed to ram the loo seat down past his ears, was a bit "perturbed" when they got there but was fine as soon as it was removed.


Dog owners warned after dog falls off Devon cliff

Owners with rescued dog Credit: Exmouth RNLI
Launch of RNLI Credit: Exmouth RNLI

People are being warned to keep their pets under control on cliffs after a dog had to be rescued in Devon.

Exmouth RNLI was called out last night after a jack russell fell from Orcombe Point while chasing rabbits. The crews picked her up from the beach as the tide was coming in and reunited her with her owners

Volunteer Deputy Launching Authority, Rachel Hughes said: "The owners were very grateful for our assistance, but needless to say there won’t be any more chasing rabbits for Paula now and they will invest in a long retractable lead!

"Please keep your dogs under control whilst walking along cliffs. Paula’s owners realised the dangers of the fast approaching tide and did the right thing in not putting themselves at any further risk by attempting the rescue themselves."

Biggest kite-surfing competition in UK underway in Exmouth

The biggest kite-surfing competition in the UK is underway in Devon this weekend. The Edge Race Cup is being held in Exmouth. And sees some of the biggest names in European kite-surfing compete against eachother over three days.

But as well as the professionals, the public are also being encouraged to take to the water to have a go at the extreme sport themselves. Jack Gallaway is taking part ...

Tributes to grandmother killed in the Looe coach crash

The family of Carol Muldoon, who was killed in the Looe coach crash, say their hearts have been broken by her loss Credit: Family

The family of Carol Muldoon, who was killed in a coach crash near Looe earlier this month, have paid tribute to her and spoken of the loss they feel.

“Our hearts have been broken by the loss of our vivacious mother and grandmother, who made us and those around her laugh more than anyone else in the world. We take comfort, however, in the knowledge that her last years and moments were spent in the arms of John, undoubtedly the love of her life.”

Mrs Muldoon, who was 68 and from Exmouth, was on a day trip to Looe with Age Concern when the accident happened. She died, along with 61-year-old Margaret Luxon, who was also from Exmouth. A number of other passengers were seriously injured.

An inquest into the women's deaths has today been opened and adjourned until 13 June.

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