The RNLI's statistics for last year which have just been published show that the organisation saved ninety lives
Schools are out and many West Country families are heading for the region's beaches. Here are some tips to stay safe this Summer.
RNLI volunteers are on stand by as the region braces itself for more rain. Winds of up to 70mph are also expected.
Members of an RNLI flood rescue team have been awarded gallantry medals for their part in rescuing a woman swept from her car in last December's floods. Vanessa Glover was found clinging to a tree near Umberleigh in north Devon after the car she was in became swamped.
Two brothers from Newquay, David and Martin Marney, will receive awards from the Royal Humane Society today. They rescued a woman who was drowning off Fistral Beach in Newquay last October. They stayed with her for 20 minutes until she was picked up by a lifeboat.
RNLI crews will be given bravery awards today for their part in dramatic rescues off the south west coast.
The organisation's flood rescue team rescued a woman trapped in a tree in North Devon and the Port Isaac lifeboat saved a fisherman who was swept into the sea in treacherous conditions.
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
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.
Falmouth Coastguard has issued this statement:
– Coastguard Watch Officer Richard Williams
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.
Falmouth Coastguard is warning people to beware of incoming tides. Six people were cut off on Cornish beaches in two incidents on Saturday night. They happened at Zacry's Island near Newquay, and Gooden Heane Cove at Portreath.
RNLI lifeguards will be on the following Cornish beaches from Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April.
- Hayle Towans
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
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.
Clip from Dicken Berryman, Lifeguard Manager, at Perranporth Beach in Cornwall. It is among eight beaches in the region being patrolled over the holiday period and on successive weekends before the summer season begins in May.