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West RNLI crews aid in Cumbria flood rescues

Two of the West's life-saving RNLI crews are using their skills to help the emergency response following the floods in Cumbria.

After thousands were evacuated from their homes following Storm Desmond Helmsmen Nigel Congram and Liam McDermott from Weston-super-Mare travelled to the badly-hit area.

The pair are specially trained in flood rescue, which means they are able to deal with fast-moving water which behaves differently to the sea.

They have been helping people to escape their homes as part of four RNLI flood teams.

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.


Lifeguard patrols have finished on most beaches

Lifeguards on the majority of our beaches have been withdrawn for the winter Credit: ITV News

RNLI lifeguard patrols have now finished on the majority of beaches across Devon and Cornwall as the summer draws to a close.

But lifeguards will remain on duty into October on a number of the region's busiest beaches for those people wishing to get into the water in the autumn.

Dead fisherman named as 51-year-old Gary Steere

A fisherman pulled from Salcombe harbour has been named as 51-year-old Gary Steere.

Police say they are treating his death as non-suspicious.

Mr Steere, from Kingsbridge, is believed to have gone fishing early on Thursday and was reported missing at around midnight.

Both the Coastguard and a helicopter from Chivenor were involved in the search.

A body was discovered near Gara Rock at around 3.20am and was later taken to Derriford. Family have been informed and formal identifdication of the body has taken place.


Body recovered from Salcombe after reports of missing fisherman

A man's body has been recovered from the water near Salcombe after a family raised the alarm a shore fisherman hadn't returned.

The all-weather and inshore lifeboats were both launched from Salcombe RNLI at 2.10am and carried out a shore line search.

Sadly a casualty was recovered from the water at 3.26am.

WATCH: Dramatic rescues by the RNLI

Lifeguards in North Somerset are warning it's only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt or killed in the region's waters

The number of people being rescued at Weston-super-Mare has risen by a third compared to the total for last year - and there's still a month of the summer holiday to go.

We've got dramatic footage of two rescues.


Lifeguards at Chapel Porth and Porthtowan rescue five people in one day

Chapel Porth lifeguard Tom Evans rescuing the boy Credit: Sarah Bunt

Chapel Porth and Porthtowan RNLI lifeguards were involved in three rescues in one day on Wednesday (12 August).

They rescued five young people, three who became caught amongst strong rip currents and two who were cut off by the tide.

Conditions at Chapel Porth have been challenging throughout the summer with a strong rip current and Wednesday was no exception.

The lifeguards patrolling Chapel Porth spotted a father and son drifting across the water on their bodyboards due to the strong rip current. Senior RNLI Lifeguard, Tom Evans, quickly responded on the rescue board and headed over to the scene.

On arrival he placed the young boy onto the rescue board and bought him safely back to shore, whilst the boy’s father was assisted back by local surfer, Jimmy Pinfield. Both father and son walked away uninjured.

Chapel Porth lifeguard Tom Evans rescuing the boy Credit: Sarah Bunt

Over at Porthtowan beach, lifeguards Mark Evans and Kian Harris were patrolling the beach in the Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) when they noticed two young children, just outside of the red and yellow flags, also caught amongst the rip current. They quickly placed the two children on board the IRB and bought them back to shore uninjured.

Later on in the day, Mark and Kian were driving the IRB towards Chapel Porth when they noticed two children unable to get back to Porthtowan due to the tidal cut off.

Both children were brought back to the shore safely and reunited with their father.

We want everyone who visits the beach this summer to have fun, but stay safe whilst doing so.

In order to do this, always listen to the lifeguard’s advice and swim between the red and yellow flags.

If you become caught amongst a rip current on a bodyboard, stay with your board, wave one hand and the lifeguards will quickly come to assist.

– Drustan Ward,Lifeguard supervisor RNLI

Elderly woman rescued from River Avon with possible hypothermia

Rescuers used an inflatable raft to reach the woman. Credit: Avon Fire & Rescue

A woman in her seventies has been rescued from the River Avon in Bristol.

Firefighters, police, paramedics and the RNLI joined forces this morning after reports of a woman at the Cumberland Basin.

Rescuers used an inflatable raft to paddle to the woman, who was found on a mudbank near Bedminster Bridge.

She was hospitalised with suspected hypothermia.

RNLI volunteers warn of the dangers of strong tides

RNLI volunteers in Weston-super-Mare rescue a stranded yacht crew. Credit: Weston super Mare RNLI

This weekend, RNLI volunteers in Weston-super-Mare were needed to rescue several members of the public, who had been caught out by strong tides.

On Saturday, a member of the public reported seeing a small yacht in apparent difficulty out in Weston Bay.

By the time the rescue boat had reached the yacht it had drifted well out to sea but the occupants were unaware of danger they could have been in.

The lifeboat was also launched on Sunday evening when a man, woman and their dog were spotted stranded on the rocks, after being cut off by the tide.

RNLI are urging people to take extra care over the summer holidays, as being cut off by strong tides is very common in the waters of the Bristol Channel.

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