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Lifeguards back on duty in the region's beaches for the summer

A total of 35 beaches in our region will have lifeguards this summer Credit: PA

Lifeguards are now back on duty at the West Country's beaches for the summer season.

They're on duty at 17 beaches in Cornwall, 4 in Devon, and 12 in Dorset. More beaches will be getting lifeguards in the summer.

Somerset will be getting lifeguards for the first time later this year, on two beaches at Burnham.

Woman dies after being swept out to sea: ITV Westcountry full report

A Cornish beach where a mother died trying to rescue her two sons was unguarded. Lifeguard cover there had only been lifted a day before the tragedy. The mother was swept out to sea. See Kathy Wardle's full report:

Locals say there had been rip currents at the beach in the past week and warning notices have been put up. The boys, aged 11 and 13 survived.

The family got into difficulty on Northcott Mouth beach near Bude. The RNLI say it will be reviewing its operational hours.

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'Stay safe' warning from RNLI

Tourists heading to the South West's beaches over the bank holiday weekend are being reminded by the RNLI to stay safe. Despite the weather, the charity is anticipating a busy weekend. It's just started lifeguard patrols at 34 beaches across Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.

Beachgoers are advised to swim and bodyboard in supervised areas marked out by red and yellow flags.