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2:11pm 23rd September 2013

The good summer is behind a big jump in rescues on the south west's beaches.

Provisional statistics for June, July and August show RNLI lifeguards dealt with 10,615 incidents, that is up by 24%.

That includes water based rescues, major and minor first aids and missing children.

Lifeboat crews attending 652 rescues, a fall of 8%

Andy Hurley, RNLI Regional Operations Manager, says it is down to our first proper summer for seven years: "People flocked to the south west when it became evident the weather had taken a turn for the better. The warm temperatures and sunshine attracted huge numbers of people to the region's most popular beaches, which explains why our lifeguard teams were kept so busy. Interestingly, the weather was very calm during this period with little surf or wind and this may explain the slight drop in business for our volunteer lifeboat crews."

RNLI lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crews were involved in a number of dramatic rescues.

In July the families rescued after writing a message for help in the sand at a cove in North Cornwall, thanked the RNLI volunteers who came to their aid.  Read more here  

Also in July RNLI lifeguards on Porthmeor beach in St Ives rescued a man and his springer spaniel Milly after their kayak started taking in water and capsized. Watch the rescue here.

Andy Hurley says all this coincided with the launch of five major fundraising appeals across the south west: "I'd like to pay tribute to all those volunteer fundraisers who have spent the summer bringing in the funds we need to keep our charity afloat and to all the families and employers of our lifeboat volunteers who support our work, even through busy times like the summer when crew can disappear at a moment's notice to help save lives at sea.

"For the RNLI lifeguards this has been a particularly busy summer because of the superb weather and I'd like to thank them for their continued professionalism in keeping the beaches safe even when there have been many thousands of visitors on the sands and in the water."

2:11pm 23rd September 2013

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