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Woman Drowns Near Bude

A woman has died after being swept out to sea in a rip current near Bude in Cornwall. She and one of her children were rescued and the woman was airlifted to North Devon District Hospital but was later pronounced dead. The other child swam to shore.

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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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