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Two young men whose lives were claimed off the Devon coast are among a number of drowning victims this Bank Holiday, as sunseekers have flocked to Britain’s beaches and rivers amid unseasonably warm weather.
The two men in their 20s died after being rescued from the water off Oddicombe, Torbay, yesterday morning, Devon and Cornwall Police said.
The Coastguard and police rushed to the scene at around 9am and pulled the men from the water, with one tragically declared dead at the scene while the other man died in hospital.
It comes after a 15-year-old also drowned in Carlisle yesterday. The teenager, who was among a group of young people spotted struggling in the waters of the River Eden, has been formally identified as Lewis Michael Kirkpatrick.
Earlier this week, the RNLI urged people to take care as they enjoy the Bank Holiday sunshine, with beaches filling up for the hottest day of the year yesterday and temperatures expected to reach a glorious 23C in some parts today.
WEYMOUTH: Holidaymakers and sunbathers have flocked to the seaside resort of Weymouth in Dorset to enjoy the scorching hot sunshine during the bank holiday weekend
WARWICK: Kayakers took to the waters of the River Avon as they were seen enjoying the warm weather
Beachgoers head to the coast to enjoy the bright sunshine and warm temperatures in Bournemouth, Dorset, on the bank holiday weekend
WARWICK: People in Warwick took to the waters of the river Avon on colourful paddle boats
The two men in their 20s died after being rescued from the water off Oddicombe, Torbay, yesterday morning, Devon and Cornwall Police said (file image)
A 15-year-old also drowned in Carlisle yesterday. The teenager, who was among a group of young people spotted struggling in the waters of the River Eden
BRIGHTON: Umbrellas covered the shoreline as people sought shelter from the sun’s rays
WEYMOUTH: Holidaymakers in the seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset, enjoying the sea. People have been told to watch out for each other in the water this Bank Holiday
BRIGHTON: Brits have been seen cooling off in the sea amid the hot Bank Holiday weather, but were warned of the risks of open water
Sunseekers have flocked to coastal towns across the country, from Cornwall to Brighton, hoping to catch some rays and have a swim in the sea.
But one tourist, who clearly wanted to avoid paying for parking on their trip to the seaside, will have undoubtedly had a nasty shock when their car took a dip off the Cornish coast.
Pictures show a convertible BMW washed out to sea after parking on the beach with the coastguard joking: ‘You can’t park there!’
The vehicle believed to be a E93 soft top was filmed off Trevaunance Beach, Cornwall, this morning.
St Agnes Coastguard Search & Rescue Team said they were called to the beauty spot at around 8.30am, where they first made sure there was no one in the car.
Their teams then remained on scene whilst recovery efforts took place, before the saloon car was finally removed from the beach by a tow truck.
Social media users were quick to poke fun at the BMW owner’s woes after the footage was shared hundreds of times on Facebook.
One joked: ‘The lengths some people will go to to avoid the £3 car park fee!’
CORNWALL: Pictures show a convertible BMW washed out to sea after parking on a beach in Cornwall
CORNWALL: Social media users were quick to poke fun at the BMW’s owner’s woes after the footage was shared hundreds of times on Facebook
CORNWALL: The vehicle believed to be a E93 soft top was filmed off Trevaunance Beach, Cornwall, this morning
Another added: ‘Did someone forget to tell the tide that BMWs can park anywhere they want?’
A spokesperson from St Agnes Coastguard Search & Rescue said: ‘Team tasked to the Trevaunance Beach car wash to make sure all occupants were out of the vehicle and safe.
‘We remained on scene whilst recovery efforts were made and the vehicle was finally removed. Team stood down and returned to station at 10.19’.
They added: ‘You can’t park there sir!’
Car parks were definitely filling up at beaches across the south coast, with scores of people have been pictured basking in the sun in Southsea, Hants today.
BRIGHTON: Kerri, from Scotland, was seen celebrating the incredible weather during a ‘Hen’ party at the beach
BRIGHTON: A beachgoer prepares to take the plunge on a trip to Brighton beach today
BRIGHTON: Sunbathers made the most of the glorious weather, with bronzed ladies soaking up the rays
BRIGHTON: A group of ladies made the most of the warm weather as they took their hen do to the beach
BRIGHTON: Tom and Pam, from London, enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach
BRIGHTON: A holidaymaker takes a selfie in her sunnies as she makes the most of the weather
Beth Sweetman and Eve Rogers were enjoying the heatwave as they walked along the seafront, soaking up the rays with ice creams in hand.
Brighton beach was also packed with holidaymakers enjoying the balmy weather.
Beachgoers were ready to fend off the sun with tents and umbrellas dotting the sand.
Many had come to escape the city on such a hot day, with Tom and Pam, from London, hauling their camping chairs to Brighton beach for the day.
BRIGHTON: A cyclist stripped off in the heat as crowds flocked to Brighton to get some cool sea air
BRIGHTON: People relaxed in their deck chairs, resting ahead of a shorter work week thanks to the Bank Holiday
BRIGHTON: Many were tempted to cool off in the sea, taking rubber rings with them
Bereft of beaches, Londoners took to the capital’s parks on the glorious sunny day.
Most opted for shorts, skirts sunglasses and hats as summer appeared to have come early.
Picnic blankets were spread out by sunbathers, who enjoyed the lush green surroundings of Richmond Park in south west London.
BRIGHTON: The sun was too much for some today, with a family seen enjoying the May holiday staying covered up
BRIGHTON: Barely a metre of sand could be seen as crowds piled onto the beach in Brighton
BRIGHTON: A young lad appears to be burying someone alive on the stony beach
BRIGHTON: Sunseekers have flocked to coastal towns across the country, from Cornwall to Brighton, hoping to catch some rays and have a swim in the sea
Friends Rebecca Lowe 26, Erika Mantra 26, Emily Severn, 24 and Hazel McClelland, 24, dined al fresco on the grass in sunny Richmond Park.
Revellers were pictured toasting the good weather with bottles of prosecco included in picnic spreads.
Dog walkers around the country had to set out early to avoid the beating sun as the day went on.
RICHMOND: Friends Rebecca Lowe 26, Erika Mantra 26, Emily Severn, 24 and Hazel McClelland, 24, enjoyed a picnic in Richmond Park
RICHMOND: Picnic blankets were spread out by sunbathers, who enjoyed the lush green surroundings of Richmond Park in south west London
WIMBLEDON: Dog walkers in the bright morning sunshine on Wimbledon Common
Among them was a couple pictured with their pooch in the bright morning sunshine on Wimbledon Common.
Pets lucky enough to go to the seaside were able to cool themselves down in the ocean air.
A couple of sunbathers were seen beaming as their pup happily ran across the beach in Brighton.
Met Office forecaster Dan Stroud told The Mail on Sunday: ‘For a change we’re having a very decent spell of weather on a bank holiday weekend.
SOUTHSEA: Beth Sweetman and Eve Rogers enjoy the heatwave on this sunny bank holiday weekend by eating icecream on the beach in Southsea
BRIGHTON: A dad took his little girl for a dip in the sea as the southeast welcomed warm weather
‘Summer is coming. Temperatures will climb again over the next few days, probably exceeding 25C (77F) by the end of the week.’ Meanwhile, it was cloudy in Spain’s famous Costa del Sol, which managed highs of only 22C (71F).
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge added that the high temperatures for the bank holiday weekend were a rarity.
‘We’re slowly getting there. Hints of summer,’ Mr Partridge said. ‘For a bank holiday weekend it’s pretty rare to be that dry and sunny I guess, so we’re not doing too bad.’
Rain is unlikely to trouble the UK over the next few days, with Met Office deputy chief forecaster Steven Keates saying indications are that the dry, bright weather is likely to continue for most – with little in the way of rain throughout next week.
Things are hotting up! Temperatures in many parts of the country are in the low 20s today, even reaching up to 23C
A couple of sunbathers were seen beaming as their pup happily ran across the beach in Brighton
Even dogs got deck chairs as they enjoyed the sun with their owners today
Hundreds flocked to the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset today with their umbrellas and picnic blankets
While people will be wanting to kick back and enjoy Britain’s coastal beauty spots during the warm spell, they are reminded that open water can pose a danger.
The RNLI said there were 226 deaths in the UK from accidental drownings in 2022, across inland and coastal locations, 40 per cent of whom had no intention of entering the water.
They encouraged people to remember to ‘Float to Live’ if they get into trouble in the water, with research by the University of Portsmouth showing that tilting your head back to submerge the ears is key to staying afloat.