The May Bank Holiday weekend sees the return of lifeguard patrols to many of the region's beaches.
The RNLI is urging people heading to the coast to take heed of safety advice and swim in supervised areas between the red and yellow flags.
Here's lifeguard Ollie Shaldon explaining what to do if you get into difficulty:
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It's still not clear when a fishing boat that capsized in Dartmouth Harbour will be removed.Read the full story ›
There's still no decision on how to refloat a French fishing boat which capsized in Dartmouth Harbour.Read the full story ›
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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.
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Rescuers in Weston-super-Mare have saved more lives than any other station in 2015.
Figures released by the RNLI show that Weston volunteers launched 48 times, and saved 13 lives, beating every other station in the UK.
Of the 48 launches, 29 people were also assisted.
The region's other stations were not far behind, with Minehead launching 41 times - assisting 19 and saving one, while Burnham-on-Sea launched 32 - assisting 15 and also saving one.
Across the country the charity's lifeboats launched 8,228 times and rescued 7,973, ensuring 348 lives were saved.