Beach safety this Summer

Schools are out and many West Country families are heading for the region's beaches. Here are some tips to stay safe this Summer.

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Bude's new lifeboat formally named

The new inshore lifeboat at sea Credit: Peter Jeffery/Widemouth Bay

Volunteers at Bude RNLI lifeboat station are holding a service of dedication for their new inshore lifeboat. Mrs Patricia Bird from Kent - who donated the vessel - is to name it George Bird in memory of her late husband. The event starts at 1100.

The new D class inshore lifeboat replaces a similar craft. The Henry Philip was on station from 2004 - 2012, and was involved in rescuing 29 people in 69 call-outs

Ilfracombe lifeboat rescues stricken vessel

Safe in harbour - potting vessel Nemo with lifeboat crew Credit: RNLI/Ilfracombe

Volunteer crew members from Ilfracombe RNLI rescued a fishing boat this afternoon in strong winds and a heavy ground swell. The potting vessel Nemo had lost power approximately one mile off Lee Bay. The lifeboat Spirit of Derbyshire assisted her back to harbour with a tow line.

Coxswain Andrew Bengey said Nemo was a well-maintained boat run by professional fisherman, making the circumstances of the call-out unusual.

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Coastguard advice on Cornwall's dangerous tides

Falmouth Coastguard has issued this statement:

We have spring tides at the moment that come in faster and further than usual. For this reason people out and about enjoying the Cornish coastline need to be especially careful to plan their trip.

Always check the weather and tide timetable before you set out on your walk and wear appropriate clothing for the unseasonably cold weather. If you do get cut off call 999 Coastguard.

– Coastguard Watch Officer Richard Williams

Beaches with lifeguards over the Easter break

RNLI lifeguards will be on the following Cornish beaches from Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April.

  • Hayle Towans
  • Sennen
  • Towan
  • Watergate
  • Constantine
  • Summerleaze

The following beaches will be patrolled by RNLI lifeguards from Friday 29 March to Sunday 14 April and every weekend until the main season starts on Saturday 4 May:

  • Praa Sands
  • Gwithian
  • Porthmeor
  • Porthtowan
  • Perranporth
  • Harlyn
  • Polzeath
  • Widemouth

Newquay beach has full time lifeguard cover starting on 29 March right the way through to the end of October with voluntary weekend patrols in November.

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