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RNLI met by leaping dolphins as they rushed to rescue

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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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.

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