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Review of Lifeguard Cover after Bude Tragedy

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7:01am 5th September 2012

Pirate FM has learnt lifeguard cover on Cornwall's beaches is being reviewed, after a mum was swept to her death trying to save her sons near Bude.

It happened at Northcott Mouth just a day after the RNLI service ended.

The charity says it does not have the resources to be everywhere all the time. At the moment less busy beaches have less cover, based around the term dates of Cornish schools, while others continue to have cover.

Now the charity says it will review the dates, just like it does every year.

The woman in her fifties was on a day trip from Somerset with her eleven and thirteen year old sons when the tragedy happened.

Some businesses around Northcott Mouth say they would be willing to help pay for the extra cover themselves.

Margaret Frost runs a tea gardens nearby. She said: "Those children will come home from school next week and there will be no mum. That husband will come home and there will be no wife. I just wish we could have our lifeguards, because they work so hard when they are here. I just wish we could have them for one more fortnight.

"We get a lot of people come here on holiday in September. We're lucky because September can be a beautiful month. If it's fine weather they're going to go into the sea, because that's what people come to Cornwall for."

7:01am 5th September 2012

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