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  1. Updates on Wednesday 12 July 2017

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Lifeboat rescues boy after he was pulled out to see

This is the Silloth Lifeboat, which last night saved the life of an eight-year-old boy who had drifted out to sea off Allonby in an inflatable dinghy.

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ICYMI - 'Tennis saved my life'


'Tennis saved my life'

In case you missed it in yesterday's coverage, this is a great story about how tennis can transform lives.

Four years ago Tony Costa from Llandudno in North Wales weighed 26-and-a-half stone, having struggled to deal with the death of his five-month-old son.

He lost some weight through a diet club but had "plateaued" and was "losing interest" and needed something to keep him going.

"Tennis came at the right time," Tony says. This year Tony's son would've been 20 years old and he and his wife Caroline held a memorial tennis match at a local club.

"We shone some light on some darkness - and we have tennis to thank for that."

If you want to follow Tony's lead and get into tennis, read our Get Inspired guide.

New £30m school plans to open in 2018

Ben Maeder

Journalist, BBC Radio Cumbria

A new £30m school in Whitehaven is both on time and on budget according to the County Council and the building firm in charge.

Campus Whitehaven will bring together St Benedict's Catholic High School and Mayfield Special School on one site. An official ceremony to mark the start of the building work took place today.

Part of the building's 700 tonne steel frame is already in place and it's scheduled to open to pupils in September 2018.

Building Campus Whitehaven

Joe celebrates his 104th birthday

Happy 104th birthday to Joe Rawlings from Carlisle.

The former headmaster at Eden School was born on the 12 July 1913.

He'll be celebrating with family and friends today.

Joseph Rawlings

Watch Live: Inline skater jumps over school children

British champion Jenna Downing demonstrates amazing inline skating skills at the Cumbria School Games.

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Can you see the fish?

Mike Zeller

Presenter, BBC Radio Cumbria

I'm out on the road all this week chatting to people who live and work along the coast.

After the show this morning we stopped off in Whitehaven, which is looking glorious today, to do some recording.

I even saw some grey mullet in the marina...

Whitehaven marina
Whitehaven marina
grey mullet

Penrith mascot interviews Carlisle star

Your photos: Reflections at Buttermere

BBC Weather Watchers

Wow. Look at the reflections at Buttermere this morning.

Thanks to Trevor Earthy for sharing this photograph.

If you'd like to be a BBC Weather Watcher you can join here.

Reflections at Buttermere
Trevor Earthy

Watch: Dinosaurs in Cumbria

Sian Hall

BBC Radio Cumbria

Cumbria is welcoming its first dinosaur exhibition from the Natural History Museum.

It's opening to the public at the Rheged Centre near Penrith today and it includes a 4m (12ft) high T-Rex.

As well as 10 dinosaur models there are also interactive displays throughout the exhibition, which runs until 3 September.

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Rugby news: Sedbergh School youngster in England squad

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Sedbergh School's Cameron Redpath has been named in England's Under-18 squad for the tour of South Africa in August.

Cumbrian gardener to feature on TV this evening

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

The BBC's Gardeners World TV show will feature a Cumbrian gardener this evening who's developing new ways of growing a popular plant.

Wisteria are usually grown over arches or up the sides of house as a flowering climber, but Fiona Butcher is also growing them as bonsai miniature plants.

She has a national collection of 40 different varieties at her small garden near Broughton in Furness.

Fiona Butcher
Fiona Butcher
Fiona Butcher
Fiona Butcher

Boy 'lucky to be alive' after drifting out to see on dinghy

An eight-year old boy who drifted out to sea on an inflatable dinghy has been rescued by Silloth's lifeboat crew.

The boy, who was wearing just swimming shorts, had been playing off Allonby beach when he was swept away by the strong tidal current.

His mum raised the alarm just after 19:30 yesterday evening.

He was found, just over half an hour later, very cold, shivering and suffering from the early effects of hypothermia.

The lifeboat crew says he'd tried to swim to shore twice, pulling the dinghy with him and making him more susceptible to hypothermia.

He was taken ashore at Silloth and treated by paramedics before being allowed to go home.

Mark Ware, the helmsman of the Silloth lifeboat, says the boy's very lucky to be alive.

Firm hopeful over bid to bring back mining

A company that wants to bring mining back to the west coast of Cumbria is hoping to be given final approval by September.

West Cumbria MIning says its plans could create 500 jobs and the coking coal would be sold to the European steel making industry.

A public consultation ended on Monday, but the chief executive Mark Kirkbride told BBC Radio Cumbria that it will not be the end of the discussions with local people.

Plans of West Cumbria Mining
West Cumbria Mining Limited

Your photos: Early morning at Ullswater

BBC Weather Watchers

It promises to be a beautiful day across Cumbria today and BBC Weather Watcher 'Ullswater Paul' captured the start of it this morning. How serene.

If you're out and about today and would like to share your photos you can email them to us.

Ullswater Paul

Weather: Warm and dry with plenty of sunshine

BBC Weather

A fine day in store with plenty of sunny spells, the best of these likely to be around the coasts where there will also be a gentle sea breeze.

It will also feel much warmer than yesterday.

Highs of 19C (66F).

You can see a detailed weather forecast for where you live here.

Weather grapic
Carlisle Crown Court

Police also seized a tin containing £2,300 worth of cocaine, found the car's boot.

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Is this the best office view in the country?

Cumbria Roads Police team have a tough job, but occasionally the benefits of being out and about protecting the county shine through:

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Woman dies in crash on A6

A 34-year-old woman has died after her car collided with a lorry just south of Milnthorpe on the Cumbria-Lancashire border.

The woman's three-year-old son, who had been in the car with her, wasn't injured in the crash which happened just after 09:00 yesterday morning.

The 57-year-old man driving the lorry wasn't injured and the police have urged anyone who saw the crash to contact them.


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Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

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