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RNLI crews rescued 1600 people in South West last year

An RNLI lifeboat at St Ives Credit: PA

The RNLI says lifeboat crews in the South West rescued more than 1600 people last year. Beach lifeguards helped more than 11,000 people, a figure down on previous years because of poor summer weather.

The busiest beach was Perranporth where lifeguards dealt with more than 600 incidents.