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RNLI met by leaping dolphins as they rushed to rescue

An RNLI crew were met with some unusual tag alongs as they rushed to attend a boat fire.

A group of dolphins leapt to see what all the fuss was about as the Lizard lifeboat launched to the MFV Francine after it suffered a fire 32 miles south of Lizard Point.

The Coastguard helicopter also responded and lifted three crew, suffering smoke inhalation, from the beam trawler.

They were flown to Royal Cornwall Hospital, while the MFV Francinne made its way to Newlyn.

Major air and sea rescue launched - for blow up doll

A major air and sea was launched by the RNLI - to track down a blow up doll.

Both lifeboats, coastguard and the rescue helicopter were scrambled after an angler reported a body in the water near the Huer's Hut in Newquay.

They took part in a 90 minute sweep of the bay before discovering the cause of concern - an inflatable doll.

But despite the confusion the RNLI have urged people to report anybody in difficulty in the sea, no matter what the consequences.

Devon lifeboat crews help tackle Cumbria flooding

RNLI crews help people caught up in the floods in Cumbria Credit: ITV News

Volunteers from the RNLI in Dartmouth have joined services from across the country to help people caught up in floods in Cumbria.

Rescue teams helped to evacuate more than 300 people and are continuing to help in affected areas.

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