1. Huge swell and big waves - 'do not go in the sea'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    With a huge swell and big waves expected off Cornwall on Wednesday, the message from the RNLI is "do not go in the sea".

    Low pressure and strong winds are predicted to create potentially dangerous conditions on Cornwall's beaches.

    Steve Instance from the RNLI said: "Keep well away, stay well back.

    "Over the the next couple of days it's still going to remain quite stormy, quite turbulent, so please look out for beaches where they've set up the flags.

    "If you can see some flags that means there's a lifeguard service, if it's a red that means don't go in."

  2. Person rescued from sea by lifeboat

    A person was rescued from the sea after a "mechanical failure" to their craft, the RNLI has said.

    The charity's Hartlepool crew were called at about 16:20 GMT yesterday to assist two people who were in the water at Newburn Bridge.

    The inshore lifeboat Solihull and volunteer crew launched at 16:34 and were at the scene of the incident a few minutes later where it was discovered that one person had made their own way to the shore but another was still in the water holding on to an outfall pipe having attempted to swim ashore, a spokesman said.

    Lifeboat at its boathouse

    "The casualty who had been in the water for a considerable time and was extremely cold was taken aboard the inshore lifeboat where the volunteer crew provided casualty care and transferred the person to the nearby Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club slipway where the local Coastguard team were waiting to offer support," the spokesman said.

    The crew then towed the pair's craft back to to the yacht club with the lifeboat back at its boathouse ready for the next mission by 17:45.

  3. Pair rescued from incoming sea at Redcar

    A pregnant woman and a man were rescued from the sea after becoming trapped by the incoming tide, the RNLI has said.

    The pair were found in knee-deep water on West Scar Rocks about 1,64ft (50m) from the Redcar shoreline at about 15:00 yesterday.

    Inshore lifeboat

    They were rescued by the Redcar RNLI inshore lifeboat.

    "They were brought ashore in the lifeboat unharmed," an RNLI spokesman said.

  4. RNLI Jersey volunteers recognised for long service

    Andrew Segal

    BBC News

    Twenty-seven RNLI Jersey volunteers have been recognised by the RNLI for their long service to the charity which saves lives at sea.

    The RNLI recognises long service from volunteers by awarding medals or badges (at the volunteer’s option) for those who have served the charity for 20 years, and any 10 year increments thereafter.

    The volunteers, from both the Lifeboat Guild - the fundraising arm of RNLI Jersey - and the operations team were recently been recognised for their long service to the charity.

    Nigel Sweeny, Lifeboat Operations Manager for RNLI Jersey (pictured fifth from left), himself recognised for his 40 years’ service, said it was a "tremendous privilege to serve the RNLI with this team".

    He said: "That so many of our volunteers have dedicated so many years to serving this charity is humbling but it shows the passion that we all have for the RNLI."

    Jersey RNLI long service award recipients
  5. New Seahouses lifeboat arrives

    The RNLI station in Seahouses has taken delivery of its new £2.2m lifeboat.

    The Shannon class boat arrived at 13:36 BST on Sunday and her operational boat number is 1336.

    The all-weather lifeboat has been funded by a donor from Scotland and has been named John and Elizabeth Allan, after the donor’s parents.

    The new lifeboat

    Capable of 25 knots the Shannon is 50% faster than the lifeboats it replaces, the RNLI said.

    Ian Clayton, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at Seahouses, said: ‘The arrival of our new Shannon Class lifeboat has been much anticipated and was a truly historic occasion.

    "Naturally we’ll really miss our current all-weather lifeboat Grace Darling, but we’re also excited about receiving our Shannon, whose advanced technology means we’ll be able to reach people a lot more quickly and further offshore."

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    Video caption: Lifeboat rescues flying boat stranded on Loch Ness

    The Catalina flying boat had been attempting to take off from Loch Ness when it developed engine problems.

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    Video caption: Cromer Boxing Day dip: Hundreds raise money for RNLI

    More than 300 people raced into the North Sea off the Norfolk coast for the annual Cromer Boxing Day dip to raise money for the RNLI.

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    Video caption: The RNLI has released footage of the rescue of a family who were cut off by a rising tide.
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    Video caption: Teenage boy rescued from sea by RNLI

    The boy was pulled to safety by the lifeboat crew on Friday afternoon.

  10. Cornish beaches to get lifeguard cover until November

    Lifeguard cover on 24 Cornish beaches will be extended until 1 November following negotiations between the RNLI and Cornwall Council.

    Under the agreement, 16 beaches will have daily cover, while eight will be monitored at weekends and each day during the school holiday - between 17 October to Sunday 1 November.

    Cornwall Council said the extension recognises the shorter holiday season due to the original pandemic lockdown.

    Lifeguards in West Cornwall have reported a 100% increase in beach use and a 200% increase in numbers of people entering the water, with hotels and holiday accommodation providers experiencing good bookings for September, it added.


    Full time cover will continue on the following beaches:

    • Tregonhawke
    • Praa Sands
    • Fistral
    • Towan
    • Watergate Bay
    • Mawgan Porth
    • Porthtowan
    • Perranporth
    • Gwithian
    • Porthmeor
    • Sennen
    • Constantine
    • Harlyn
    • Polzeath
    • Widemouth
    • Summerleaze

    The below beaches will have weekend and half term holiday cover:

    • Poldhu
    • Porthcurno
    • Treyarnon
    • Sandymouth
    • Hayle Towans
    • Chapel Porth
    • Holywell Bay
    • Crantock
  11. Waterproof phone case saves stricken paddle boarders

    RNLI boat at the scene

    Two paddle boarders had to be rescued after being blown away from the North Tyneside coast.

    The alarm was raised around 12:30 by the paddle boarders themselves after they got into difficulty due to the wind off Cullercoats.

    One of those who was rescued had taken their phone with them for the first time after receiving waterproof case as a gift.

    A crew from the RNLI Cullercoats was dispatched the scene along with another nearby vessel.

    Mike McGuire, deputy launch authority for Cullercoats RNLI said: "The quick response by the crew, and the safe launch of the search and rescue asset resulted in two lives saved today.

    "With the strengthening wind, it’s in no doubt that they could have been in considerable trouble and blown out to sea very quickly."

    The casualties had discussed abandoning their paddle boards and attempting to swim for the coast, although the RNLI said it would always recommend people staying with their craft if found in danger.

    The paddle boarders were recovered from the water with their equipment and although shaken, were unharmed.

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    Video caption: Fishermen rescued from capsized boat by Sunderland RNLI

    It is thought the boat capsized after becoming snagged in a lobster pot line.