Parents of sand yacht victim want better safety

Sand yachting victim Carole Cruz.
Sand yachting victim Carole Cruz.
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The parents of a woman killed after being struck by a sand yacht in St Annes have said safety must be improved before the sport returns to Fylde.

Andrew and Sheila Ewens, both 69, say they were never against the sport, despite it being responsible for the death of their daughter, Carole Cruz, 10 years ago.

But they say the safety around sand yachting races was always a concern.

Mr Ewens, of Burnley, said: “At the time we thought the safety arrangements were not in place properly, and we still think that way.

“The fact that safety has had to be improved for the ban to be lifted must mean there was a lack of safety in the first place.”

Mr Ewens said the family hoped sand yachting events would be better marshalled.

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