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Two men rescued from rocks in North Devon

Ilfracombe RNLI has saved two men cut off by the tide near Lee Bay in North Devon.

The men had been walking from Woody Bay to Lee Abbey as the tide was coming in. When they realised they were being cut off, they tried swimming but gave up and came ashore at Crock Point.

Coastguard teams began a cliff descent but it was decided to send in a member of the lifeboat crew, which was standing by. One of the team helped the pair on board the inshore lifeboat, which took them to Lee Bay where they were handed over to representatives from Lee Abbey.

Volunteer helmsman, Duncan Thomson says it is crucial that coastal walkers check the tide times.

It is important to remember that the Bristol Channel has one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, and a result of this is that many of the beaches and pathways that are available to walk on during low tide become completely covered as the tide comes in. If you intend to walk along the coast, please do check the state of the tide, and be aware that somewhere you were able to walk earlier in the day may not be available to you upon your return.

– Duncan Thomson, Helmsman, Ilfracombe RNLI


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Pool death boy named

The family were staying at Bicclescombe Grange in Ilfracombe. Credit: ITV News West Country

A four year old boy who died in a swimming pool incident at a luxury holiday home, has been named. Keenan John Walsh, from Uxbridge, had been on holiday with his family at the Bicclescombe Grange in Ilfracombe, North Devon.

Keenan was pulled unconscious from an indoor pool and was taken to a local hospital. He was transferred to Bristol Children's Hospital where his life support machine was switched off on August 24th.

An inquest was opened and adjourned by the Avon coroner and a full hearing will be held after an investigation has been completed.

Full report: Boy drowns in hotel swimming pool

An investigation is underway into the death of a 4-year-old boy who suffered a heart attack after being pulled from a swimming pool near Ilfracombe.

He was taken to North Devon Hospital and transferred to Bristol Children's Hospital where he later died.

The boy was on holiday with his family at Bicclescombe Grange holiday home and had been in the indoor swimming pool.

The police say the circumstances aren't known but don't believe the incident is suspicious.

Boy drowns in hotel swimming pool

The four year old boy died in this indoor swimming pool. Credit: Bicclescombe Grange

It is understood the boy was on holiday with his family.

Police said the youngster was pulled from the swimming pool at Bicclescombe Grange near Ilfracombe on Friday at around 4.30pm.

He was taken to North Devon District Hospital and then airlifted to Bristol Children's Hospital, but later died.

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