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Swimming safety initiative launches in Bude today

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A charity has teamed up with the RNLI to encourage people to be safe when swimming as children try to cool off.

The Amateur Swimming Association will be launching a water safety initiative in Bude today after it found that 17% of parents in the South West say their child has got into difficulties in water. This summer they'll be running courses to try to give children confidence when out in open water.

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Success for West Country swimmers at Games

There's been early success in the pool for our West Country swimmers at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Plymouth's Ben Proud won his heat in the men's 50metres butterfly to go through to tonight's semi-finals as the fastest qualifier.

Ben Proud is through to the semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games Credit: PA

Exeter's Liam Tancock qualified for the semi-finals of the men's 100metres backstroke with a second-placed finish in his heat.

Liam Tancock finished second in the men's 100m backstroke heat Credit: PA

Success for Cornwall to Isles of Scilly swimmer

A woman from Somerset has made history by becoming the first person to swim from Cornwall to the Scillies.

Beth French, who's from Milverton, set off from Porthcurno yesterday lunchtime. She arrived on St Mary's this morning, completing the swim in 17 hours and 28 minutes. She said via twitter "I have an awesome body - mission completed!".

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