The RNLI has released its call-out figures for last year. Lifeguards helped nearly 12,000 people - that's down nearly two thousand on the previous year. The RNLI's Flood Rescue Team had their busiest year on record though, deploying 6 times in the West Country.
The RNLI says lifeboat crews in the South West rescued more than 1600 people last year. Beach lifeguards helped more than 11,000 people, a figure down on previous years because of poor summer weather.
The busiest beach was Perranporth where lifeguards dealt with more than 600 incidents.
The Devon based makers of rough terrain vehicles have unveiled a special machine to launch and recover Lifeboats. The Supacat, developed at Dunkeswell, is capable of lifting the RNLI's latest type of lifeboat across rocks and sand on beaches where there is no slipway or harbour.