More beaches in our region than last year have failed water quality tests after the UK suffered the wettest summer for a century.
Across the South West, 177 beaches passed the minimum European standard with 16 fails.117 beaches passed the tougher 'guideline' tests with 76 failing. Our reporter Kathy Wardle has been to one beach in Cornwall which failed both tests.
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.
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.