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Santa and penguin rescued off Cornish coast

Lifeboat crews were forced to rescue a pair of charity rowers after they received reports of a distressed santa and his penguin friend struggling to battle the waves.

The two men in fancy dress were picked up when they attempted to paddle their dinghy three-miles between from Marazion to Penzance in Cornwall on Saturday.

A spokeswoman for the Falmouth Coastguard said the pair - who claimed they were fundraising for Help For Heroes - were "clearly they not dressed for the occasion".

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Fight to keep Long Rock rail crossing open

The rail crossing at Long Rock Credit: ITV News West Country

Campaigners opposing the closure of a rail crossing near Penzance will lobby councillors today.

The crossing at Long Rock was closed last year following an inquest on grandmother Jeanette Nicholls who was hit by a train there.

Villagers claim alternative routes are more dangerous.

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Hospital's future to become clearer

The future of a Cornish community hospital which has been closed for a year will become clearer in the next few weeks. A number of options are being drawn up for Poltair Hospital on the outskirts of Penzance. It's estimated it'll cost £750,000 to bring it up to scratch and re-open it.

Poltair Hospital Credit: ITV News West Country

Professionals meet to discuss hospital's future

Poltair Hospital. Credit: ITV News West Country

A consultation has begun about the future of Poltair Hospital in Penzance.

A group of doctors, nurses, councillors and health campaigners met to share their ideas about its future earlier this week.

During the workshop they discussed some of the possible options for the hospital.

Their ideas will be shared with the public in December.

Petition launched to prevent bus route closure

Hundreds of thousands of signatures are needed to force a debate. Credit: ITV News Westcountry

An online petition has been set up to protest against the closure of bus routes in West Cornwall.

Western Greyhound says it won't run any services in the Penzance and Hayle areas from the beginning of November.

100,000 signatures are needed to force a Parliamentary debate.

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