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RNLI preparing to lifeguard some beaches this summer

From RNLI: The rollout of the normal seasonal lifeguard service was paused at the end of March due to the measures put in place by the UK Government to control the spread of Coronavirus. In the anticipation that there may be changes to the lockdown restrictions in the coming weeks […]

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Newquay RNLI warns against exercising at sea after callout

From Newquay RNLI:   Our RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were alerted at 7.36 pm  (Sunday 26 April) to reports of a female trapped by the incoming tide just below the Barrowfields. The charity’s D class inshore lifeboat was launched in a slight swell at 7.45 pm and the casualty was […]

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Dog dies after falling off a cliff in Cornwall

The St.Agnes RNLI Lifeboat was on a routine training exercise when a report came in that a dog had fallen off the cliff, near Portreath. The Lifeboat was training in the Trevaunance Cove area of St.Agnes on Sunday 22nd September 2019, when the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Falmouth called […]

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End of season for the lifeguards

By Ella Henwood: The Lifeguard season is coming to an end with Bude Lifeguards dealing with over 400 incidents in the water this year. From September 29th all our 7 beaches will end their full-time Lifeguard service. Widemouth and Summerleaze will be open every weekend throughout October and for the […]

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Bude’s Fantastic Lifeboat Weekend

From Lorna Crystal, with photos by Andrew Crystal: The sun shone throughout Lifeboat Weekend and the festival-like atmosphere and support for Bude RNLI was amazing. The weekend was jam-packed full of fantastic events and activities including stalls and refreshments in the marquee, music and entertainment on the castle grounds in […]

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Bude RNLI lifeguards – August report

By Ella Henwood: All seven of our beaches from Crackington to Sandymouth have seen a huge influx of visitors keeping Lifeguards busy. Sandymouth Lifeguards have dealt with some serious incidents so far this season, the most recent being a successful cliff rescue involving multiple emergency services. Two people got cut […]

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RNLI lifeguards issue safety advice re weather warnings

The Met Office has issued Yellow weather warnings for the majority of the UK, as this weekend promises erratic weather, creating large waves and strong currents. Weather forecasts predict that by Friday afternoon, the majority of the UK will be affected by strong winds, thunder and rain. The bad weather […]

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Dog dies in Port Isaac cliff fall

Sad news from Port Isaac RNLI who reported yesterday:   Port Isaac lifeboat was tasked at 1218 today to a dog over the cliff at Backways Cove. We’re very sad to report that the dog did not survive the fall. The crew were able to recover the body to return […]

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More on the Duckpool rescue, from Bude RNLI

Bude RNLI volunteer crew were called to rescue two people cut off by the tide south of Duckpool on Wednesday, with assistance from the Bude Coastguard Rescue Team and the Coastguard helicopter from Newquay. Both the RNLI D-class inshore lifeboat George Bird and the RNLI Rescue Water Craft (RWC) launched at […]

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RNLI figures say 80% of coastal deaths in SW are male

Annual coastal fatality figures released today by the RNLI lifesaving charity reveal that, of the 25 people who lost their lives on the coast in the south-west in 2018, eighty per cent were male. Although coastal deaths were higher last year compared to the 2017 figure (18), 2018 is the […]

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RNLI back on the beaches this weekend- a big welcome to them!

RNLI lifeguards will return to the region’s beaches from Saturday (4 May) as daily patrols for the 2019 summer season get underway. The RNLI is urging local people and holidaymakers heading to the coast this summer to take heed of the charity’s safety advice. RNLI lifeguards are looking forward to keeping […]

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RNLI lifeguards volunteer to extend service at Widemouth and Summerleaze

RNLI Lifeguards on Widemouth and Sumerleaze have been working hard to keep people safe in the water and on the beaches during this exceptionally busy start to the season with huge numbers visiting the Bude beaches this Easter. RNLI Lifeguards were due to finish their Easter cover bank Holiday Monday […]

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RNLI asks you to help their Mayday campaign

  The RNLI is calling on people in the south-west to help support their local volunteer crew as they launch Mayday, the charity’s annual fundraising campaign. The launch coincides with the Easter break heralding the return of RNLI lifeguards to 19 of the region’s beaches this weekend (Saturday 6 April). […]

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Angler saved by his lifejacket

An angler from Newquay in Cornwall has credited a lifejacket he received as a gift for his 50th birthday with saving his life after he was knocked off his feet by a freak wave in November. Neal Dews’ wife Zoe bought him the £70 auto-inflate lifejacket just a few weeks earlier […]

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RNLI lifeguards finish for the season

On Sunday (28 October) the lifeguard teams packed their equipment away for the final time this year as the RNLI lifeguard season officially ended in the south-west. For many years the RNLI has provided lifeguard cover for the half term week, providing locals and visitors alike with the option of […]

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