Schools are out and many West Country families are heading for the region's beaches. Here are some tips to stay safe this Summer.
RNLI volunteers are on stand by as the region braces itself for more rain. Winds of up to 70mph are also expected.
The Penlee RNLI inshore lifeboat has come to the rescue of sailors whose yacht went aground in Penzance harbour
Rescue services have issued a stark warning about the dangers of 'tombstoning', when thrillseekers jump from heights into water.
The RNLI has posted a video on YouTube in the hope of reducing the number of deaths and injuries, as the hot weather makes a cold plunge ever more tempting.
John Andrews reports:
The RNLI Padstow all-weather and Rock D class inshore lifeboats were used to rescue four adults and three children on Butter Hole beach in Padstow.
A cliff walker spotted the words "send for help" written in the sand.
Four adults and three children have been rescued by lifeboat after they got trapped on a beach in Cornwall by the swell. The RNLI was called to Butter Hole beach in Padstow yesterday after a cliff walker spotted the words "send for help" written in the sand.
The party had sailed in for a picnic but as the tide flooded the waves increased and they were afraid to launch back into the sea with the children onboard. As they didn't have radios they wrote the message in the sand and were lucky that it was seen.
– Mike Hewitt, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rock
This was a very difficult rescue carried out with great skill and bravery. There was the ever present threat of the lifeboat being swamped or capsized by the dumping seas, but our crew worked together to recover all the people and then their boats.
The group made a very sensible decision not to try launching their boats but they were lucky that a walker noticed the message calling for help written in the sand.
I would remind people that it’s important to have a suitable means of contacting someone when going to sea. Don’t assume you will have a mobile phone signal so take a VHF radio.
Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy is to receive a special award from the RNLI in Bristol today. It's for his five part series on the building of the new lifeboat station on The Lizard. It was the biggest engineering project ever undertaken by the lifesaving charity.
Lifeguards had to rescue 16 people over the weekend who had got caught out by the high tide off the coast of Cornwall.
One couple got stuck while out for a walk with their eight dogs at Whitsand Bay on Saturday.
The advice is if you are heading to the beach check the tide times first.
Members of an RNLI flood rescue team have been awarded gallantry medals for their part in rescuing a woman swept from her car in last December's floods. Vanessa Glover was found clinging to a tree near Umberleigh in north Devon after the car she was in became swamped.
Two brothers from Newquay, David and Martin Marney, will receive awards from the Royal Humane Society today. They rescued a woman who was drowning off Fistral Beach in Newquay last October. They stayed with her for 20 minutes until she was picked up by a lifeboat.
RNLI crews will be given bravery awards today for their part in dramatic rescues off the south west coast.
The organisation's flood rescue team rescued a woman trapped in a tree in North Devon and the Port Isaac lifeboat saved a fisherman who was swept into the sea in treacherous conditions.