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Inquest into mum who drowned trying to save her children

Inquest into death of woman who drowned at Northcott Mouth. Credit: Viewer's video

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.

Five year-old boy seriously hurt in crash near Bude

A five year-old boy has been left with life threatening injuries following a car crash near Bude. The A3072 at Launcells was closed for several hours yesterday afternoon following the accident which involved just one car, a blue Honda.

The boy was airlifted to Plymouth's Derriford Hospital before being transferred to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. Frenchay specialises in treating head injuries. Another child was in the car along with a female driver. The driver was taken to hospital, but it's not thought her injuries were serious.

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Police appeal for information after Bude crash

Police are appealing for information following a crash near Bude yesterday which left a 21-year-old man seriously injured.

A Honda Civic was travelling on the B3254 when it collided with a parked Toyota in a layby.

The driver was flown to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth by air ambulance. The man, who is from Launceston, remains in intensive care.

The road was closed for around six hours yesterday while forensic officers investigated.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened at around 11.35am.

Full report: Beaches fail water quality test

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.

South West Water blame wet summer for bathing water problems

South West Water have given their reaction to the results of a Defra survey which shows that 16 bathing water beaches in the region have failed to meet the required quality.

Richard Gilpin, the Head of Waste Water for South West Water, told The West Country Tonight that there can be many contributing factors to water quality on individual beaches which failed the test:

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South West bathing beaches fail the water test

Summerleaze beach in Bude failed two water quality tests this year having passed last year. Credit: ITV Westcountry

New figures show that 16 beaches in the South West failed to reach the required standard for bathing water in the latest report on quality standards published by Defra today.

Lyme Regis' Church Cliff Beach, Budleigh Salterton and Summerleaze in Bude were amongst the beaches which failed to reach the required standard.

Nationally the figures show that 93 per cent of England’s bathing waters met the minimum European water quality criteria.

Woman dies after being swept out to sea: ITV Westcountry full report

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.

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