A Cornish beach where a mother died trying to rescue her two sons was unguarded. Lifeguard cover there had only been lifted a day before the tragedy. The mother was swept out to sea. See Kathy Wardle's full report:
Locals say there had been rip currents at the beach in the past week and warning notices have been put up. The boys, aged 11 and 13 survived.
The family got into difficulty on Northcott Mouth beach near Bude. The RNLI say it will be reviewing its operational hours.
These pictures show the RNLI's attempts to rescue a mother and her two childen who got into trouble in the sea off Bude.
The boys, aged 11 and 13 survived and were not seriously injured. The woman was airlifted to North Devon District Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Steve Instance describes the rescue of a mother and her two sons who were swept out to sea near Bude.
The woman was airlifted to North Devon District Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Lifeguard patrols at the beach finished on Sunday with the end of the summer season
A woman has died after being swept out to sea in a rip current near Bude in Cornwall.
The mother, thought to in her 50s, and her two sons aged 11 and 13, got caught in the current off Northcott Mouth at around two o'clock this afternoon.
She and one of her children were rescued from the water with the help of the coastguard. The other child swam to shore. The woman was airlifted to North Devon District Hospital but was later pronounced dead.
A woman and two children have been rescued off the coast in Bude.
They were swept out to sea at Northcott Mouth beach. The RNLI inshore lifeboat rescued the boys, while the woman was rescued from the water by two men. She has now been airlifted to North Devon Hospital. Her condition is not yet known.