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Harrowing details of how a mother from Somerset died trying to rescue her own children on a beach in Cornwall were revealed at an inquest today.
Alison Tooby died at Northcott Mouth near Bude last September after getting caught in a lethal rip-tide, the day after lifeguard cover had been lifted. Her boys, aged 11 and 13, survived.
Seth Conway reports:
A mother from Somerset drowned after attempting to save her two sons from a lethal rip-tide off the Cornish coast, an inquest heard.
Alison Tooby from Wellington sprang into action after seeing her boys getting into difficulties while body-boarding at Northcott Mouth in Bude on September 3 last year.
Members of the public, aided by RNLI Bude inshore lifeboat, rushed to help and rescued one boy while the other got back to shore by himself.
Alison, 53, was found face down in the water and after resuscitation attempts failed she was airlifted to hospital and later pronounced dead.
An inquest in Bideford, Devon, heard how the summer lifeguard cover has previously ended a day before the tragedy.
Recording a verdict of accidental death, Coroner Tomalin said:
An inquest is taking place into the death of a woman who tried to rescue her two children from the sea off the Cornish coast.
Alison Tooby from Wellington died last September at Northcott Mouth. Lifeguard cover on the beach near Bude had been lifted just a day before the tragedy.
The RNLI said it would be reviewing its operational hours. Her sons, aged 11 and 13, both survived.