A mother tragically gave her life to save her son after both were swept out to sea off the coast near Bude. The woman, believed to be a holidaymaker in her early fifties is thought to have tried to rescue her son after he got into difficulty at Northcott Mouth beach. A member of the public also rushed into the water to try to save the pair but also had to be rescued from the strong current. The tragedy – just 24 hours after lifeguard cover on the beach ended – was witnessed by the woman's other son who was on the shore. Devon and Cornwall Police were caring for the two boys, thought to be aged 11 and 13, as officers last night tried to contact their next of kin. Frantic 999 calls were made at about 2pm yesterday as beachgoers watched the tragedy unfold.