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Mum's Beach Death 'A Tragic Accident'

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7:00am 19th April 2013

An inquest has heard a mum died at a Cornish beach as she battled to save her children from a lethal rip current.

Alison Tooby plunged into the sea at Northcott Mouth near Bude to get her eleven and thirteen year olds to safety.

A coroner has called it a tragic accident.

Lifeguard cover had finished on the quiet beach just the day before.

Bideford coroner John Tomalin recorded a verdict of accidental death on the mum from Taunton.

He said: "Alison knew the beach well and would not have knowingly put her boys in danger. Tragedy is the right word to describe this incident. I am sure Alison did as any parent would try to, enter the sea to rescue her children. I think this serves as a reminder that we must respect the sea and take care."

Because it was a quiet beach and the end of the holiday season, the RNLI had withdrawn cover just hours before the tragedy unfolded.

Steve Instance from the charity said: "The circumstances around this were a complete tragic incident. Of course we express our full condolences to the families. It's a horrible incident for all concerned. Our lifeboat crews and lifeguards did an excellent job and really did the best they could in difficult circumstances."

7:00am 19th April 2013

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