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West Country beaches lost tonnes of sand over winter

Hundreds of tonnes of sand had to be shifted at Perranporth Credit: ITV News

Beaches in the West Country lost thousands of tonnes of sand after last winter's storms and could take years to recover, according to a new report.

Those in Cornwall fared the worst in the country, with the tiny village of Beesands particularly affected.

Over the winter, hundreds of tonnes of sand had to be shifted to protect the Watering Hole pub which is on the beach at Perranporth.

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Man drowns at Beesands beach

A man has died after getting into difficulty while swimming of the coast of South Devon.

The coastguard, Salcombe life boat and ambulance crews were all called to Beesands beach at around 12:30pm yesterday.

They pulled the man from the water before taking him by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, where he was pronounced dead.