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Numerous call outs for Falmouth lifeboat

Falmouth's Lifeboat has been called out six times in 9 days Credit: ITV News

The RNLI says it's still having to respond to numerous call outs - despite the holiday season coming to end.

Falmouth's Lifeboat has reported it has been called out on six occasions in the last nine days - with shouts ranging from searching for a missing person to towing yachts to safety.

Man rescued after cliff plunge

St Agnes in Cornwall Credit: ITV West Country/Kathy Wardle

A 31 year old man has been rescued from a cave near St Agnes in Cornwall after falling from 30ft cliffs.

The man had been exploring the coast path near Wheal Coates on Thursday night when he fell to the beach below.

He suffered a broken ankle, but managed to take refuge in a cave before the St Agnes RNLI Inshore Lifeboat found him.

The crew said he had a lucky escape.

It was pitch black when we arrived on scene, and we only managed to locate him because he had a torchlight. We couldn't hear him as he was right at the back of the cave.

It was a good job all round and a great example of joint agency working between St Agnes RNLI Lifeboat, St Agnes Cliff Rescue and the ambulance service.

We undertake regular training at night so that when incidents like this arise, we have the skills in place to perform the rescue.

– Volunteer helmsman Gavin Forehead

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Statistics reveal children are at risk in the water

The RNLI and the Amateur Swimming Association are teaming up at Bude to launch a safe swimming initiative.

It comes after statistics revealed a high number of incidents where children were unsafe in the water.

  • 17% of parents say their child has got into difficulties in the water
  • 5% of parents say their child has been in a serious incident in the water
  • 21% of parents don't always supervise their children in the water
  • 9% of parents say their children can't swim
  • 21% of parents believe if their child can swim a length of a 25m pool they will be safe to swim in the water.

Swimming safety initiative launches in Bude today

Credit: PA

A charity has teamed up with the RNLI to encourage people to be safe when swimming as children try to cool off.

The Amateur Swimming Association will be launching a water safety initiative in Bude today after it found that 17% of parents in the South West say their child has got into difficulties in water. This summer they'll be running courses to try to give children confidence when out in open water.

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Ever tried to shift a tonne of water?

The RNLI has begun its "Respect the Water" campaign in Newquay. 32 lives were lost on the south west coastline last year and it wants beach-goers and surfers to take more care.

The RNLI shows the sheer power of the rip currents by challenging the ITV team (and friends) to move a tonne of water Credit: ITV News/James Chapman

Lifeboat named after tragic Somerset teenager

A couple from Somerset, whose son took his own life as a student, are hoping to save dozens of lives in his name.

Chris and Debbie Rundle from Williton were determined to turn their son Toby's death into something positive.

They raised more than a £170,000 towards the cost of a new lifeboat, which took to the waters off Clovelly in North Devon for the first time this weekend.

Richard Lawrence reports:

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