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South West Water fined £150,000 for allowing sewage to flow down beach

Dawlish Beach in 2014. Credit: PA Images

South West Water has been fined £150,000 for polluting a stream and a Devon beach at the height of the holiday season.

The water company admitted allowing sewage to flow down Dawlish beach during the August bank holiday in 2015.

It blamed blockages caused by people flushing wet wipes and also admitted killing fish by polluting Woodbury brook near Exmouth.


Meet the lifeguards: how to stay safe this Bank Holiday

The May Bank Holiday weekend sees the return of lifeguard patrols to many of the region's beaches.

The RNLI is urging people heading to the coast to take heed of safety advice and swim in supervised areas between the red and yellow flags.

Here's lifeguard Ollie Shaldon explaining what to do if you get into difficulty:

Sand chairs return to Polzeath beach

In August 2014 sand chairs were destroyed on Polzeath beach Credit: ITV News

Special chairs that allow disabled people to use the beach will be back on Polzeath beach today - a year since they were destroyed by vandals.

Sand Chairs or beach access wheelchairs can be used in a range of outdoor environments. The adapted chairs cost thousands of pounds and the charity Disability Cornwall look for sponsors to help purchase them.

When they were destroyed at the Cornish beach last year it meant wheelchair users couldn't access the beach easily for the rest of the summer.

Two chairs will be back in action from today and they will be looked after by Wavehunters surf school.

These chairs were in constant demand from folk with a disability, amputees, older people and anyone else who needed them – it will be amazing to have a new pair on the beach – I am so excited!

– Tommy Potterton, Wavehunters

James Cracknell and son rescue pair of struggling swimmers at Croyde beach

James Cracknell and his son Croyde, 11, who helped save Emerson Fairclough, 7, and his grandfather Jim Greatorex from the sea at Croyde beach Credit: SWNS

Former Olympic rower James Cracknell and his son Croyde have been praised for their quick thinking and bravery after rescuing a family from drowning this weekend.

Cracknell and his son were surfing at Croyde Bay in Devon on Saturday when Croyde spotted a grandfather and his grandson struggling in the water and alerted his father before dashing over to help.

The 11-year-old surfer assisted Jim Greatorex, 67, telling him to hold on to his board, as his father made his way towards the man's grandson Emerson who reportedly was yelling "I'm 7, I'm too young to die."

After reaching the struggling swimmers the father and son Cracknell team were able to bring everyone back to safety and everyone walked away "shaken but fine".

Jim Greatorex and his grandson Emerson were shocked to discover the Cracknells were their rescuers Credit: SWNS
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