Teignmouth celebrates Armed Forces as sun brings out the crowds
The balmy weather brought hoards of holidaymakers and sun-worshippers to the beaches at the weekend as the Westcountry basked in soaring temperatures.
Thousands of people flocked to the seaside as Devon and Cornwall hit temperatures of 21C on Saturday with the good weather set to continue into the middle of the week before becoming unsettled. The seafront at Teignmouth was crowded as military personnel took part in Jubilee Year Armed Forces Day, which saw the unveiling of a memorial to Brigadier Sir John Smyth VC, Ist Baronet Teignmouth, who was decorated for his heroic actions in the First and Second World Wars.
But around the coast windsurfers and kitesurfers fell foul of the "deceptively sunny" conditions which masked high winds and a heavy swell.
One kite surfer suffered a head injury and was treated by paramedics after being hit by his board off Exmouth and several others had to be brought to shore.
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Tim Mick, RNLI Coxswain at Exmouth, said on Saturday: "It's a beautiful day, with brilliant sunshine and blue skies and the beach is packed as a result. But the conditions can be deceptive and today there's been a strong south easterly wind that has whipped up a big swell. During the morning the tide was ebbing too, giving wind over tide, and that just added to the difficult conditions."