More beaches than ever in the South West have achieved the highest bathing water standards. Tourism bosses will be hoping such positive results will attract even more tourists to our region.
Only one beach failed this year - at Instow in North Devon from where John Andrews reports.
A man and woman who were stuck in mud up to their waists have been rescued from the river bank at Instow in Devon.
Two fire crews and a specialist rescue team and the rescue helicopter were called to the scene at noon today.
They used used mud mats, dry suits, buoyancy aids, throw lines and a hose reel to release the pair, who were then rescued from the river bank uninjured.
Flood gates at Instow are struggling to cope as the sea encroaches on its defences as high tide approaches.
The Environment Agency has issued 14 severe flood warnings, for the south west - including the North Devon coastline. 60 flood warnings are also in place.
The RNLI lifeboat at Appledore has rescued three crew members from a boat which had run aground off Instow in North Devon.
The Hedrik began listing and taking on water after hitting an unknown object on Thursday evening.
Swansea Coastguard heard Hedrik's faint Mayday emergency call and notified the Appledore RNLI lifeboat. It reached the scene within ten minutes of the Mayday being received and the three crew members on board were transferred to the lifeboat.
Dog owners in North Devon are the latest to react with anger to plans to ban their pets from a beach. Dozens attended a meeting in Instow this morning where they claimed the ban was being forced through.
Just two months ago councillors in St Ives infuriated many locals when they voted through a dog ban.