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RNLI rescue boy from beach at Bude

RNLI lifeguards at Crooklets beach in Bude have rescued a young boy who was heard screaming for help. The boy had been dragged away from the beach in a very strong rip current.

Lifeguard Joby Wolfenden-Brown paddled out on a rescue board and grabbed the boy, who was in a lot of distress. He was brought back to shore and reunited with his family following the incident yesterday afternoon.

The RNLI says strong rip currents have formed at Crooklets beach this year. Earlier in the day, six people were pulled from the water after they became stuck in a rip current.

‘If you’re stuck in a rip current do not panic or swim against the current, keep hold of your flotation device and raise your arm and signal for help. If you see somebody in trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Rip currents can be very dangerous so it’s best to swim between the red and yellow flags on an RNLI lifeguarded beach.’

– Chris Wafer, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor

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Paignton Zoo lion has acupuncture

Lion gets acupuncture
Lucifer the lion getting acupuncture from vet Nicki Grint Credit: Paignton Zoo

One of the lions at Paignton Zoo is being treated with acupuncture following a foot operation. Recent arrival Lucifer had previously had a tumour removed but it had failed to heal properly.

Veterinary anaesthetist Nicki Grint had previously only used acupuncture on dogs. The aim is to reduce pain and improve blood flow to aid the healing process.

Lucifer got his name because his number in the computerised Animal Record Keeping System (ARKS) is 666. He recently arrived in Devon to join two females, mother and daughter Indu and Maliya.

Lucifer the lion
Lucifer - devil of a lion Credit: Chris Rockley

Motorcyclist dies at Uffculme in Devon

A motorcyclist has died after a crash in Mid Devon.

It happened on the B3440 near Uffculme at approximately 10.40pm last night.

The 18-year-old rider from Cullompton was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, but died as a result of his injuries.

The road was closed until around 7am this morning while accident investigation work was carried out.

Any witnesses to the incident are requested to contact police on 101.

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