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Lifeboat volunteers save more lives than anywhere else

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.

Crews called out on the Bristol Channel saved more lives than any other station Credit: RNLI

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.

A life boat launches from Weston-super-Mare Credit: RNLI

Across the country the charity's lifeboats launched 8,228 times and rescued 7,973, ensuring 348 lives were saved.

Weston-super-Mare's lifeboat station Credit: RNLI
A table showing the RNLI call outs Credit: RNLI

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.

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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.

– DEVON AND CORNWALL POLICE
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