Family questions rescue "delay"

The family of a former Royal Navy reservist has questioned why it took more than an hour before a rescue attempt was made, after she was swept into a cave.

Family hit out at inquest

They still don't believe they know the full truth. The family of a woman who died while taking part in a dangerous sport called coasteering claim an inquest has failed to establish the exact circumstances of how she died.

Rescuers were unable to reach 30 year old Charlotte Furness-Smith when she got into trouble in rough seas off Dorset last November. She was swept into Tilly Whim caves near Swanage. Her body has never been found.

The coroner today praised the rescue efforts and recorded a verdict of misadventure. Andrew Pate spoke to Charlotte's mother Patricia and Mark Rodaway from Portland Coastguard.

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