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Families rocked by loss of loved ones

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

TRAGEDY: Flowers have been placed at the scene of crash near Kilkhampton where nurse Sasha Stewart died.

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TWO families in the Bude area have faced tragedy this week after separate incidents resulting in the deaths of an "irreplaceable" nurse, and a former paratrooper and keen photographer who worked to help combat veterans.

Nurse Sasha Stewart died in a crash on the A39 north of Bude early on Friday.

Sasha, who was in her twenties and leaves a husband and young child, was a staff nurse at North Devon Hospital and her colleagues have said she has left an "irreplaceable hole" in the ward she worked on.

Rob Walters was found on the beach at Compass Point in Bude on Friday evening.

He was flown to North Devon Hospital while paramedics fought to save him, but he died after arrival.

A former paratrooper and Pathfinder he had moved back to Bude with his wife Susan and had become involved with Surf Action, a charity which supports military veterans and their families, especially those affected by PTSD.

Mr Walters had also become known in the Bude area for his photographs of the coast and local beaches, and it is believed he was out taking pictures when he went missing on Friday.

The Bude inshore lifeboat is believed to have spotted him on the beach at Compass Point but, as he was in a difficult position, they called the search and rescue helicopter from the Chivenor military base, which flew him to hospital in Barnstaple where he later died.

As well as paying many tributes to him, friends issued a message saying Rob's iPhone, on which he took his photos, has not been found.

Anyone who finds an iPhone or rucksack in Summerleaze or elsewhere is asked to hand it to police.

Emergency services looking for Sasha Stewart's car discovered a Vauxhall Corsa upside down in a field in the Eastacott Cross area, near Kilkhampton, at around 1.10am on Friday. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

North Devon Hospital said Sasha was on her way home from work when the crash happened.

Andrea Bell, Fortescue Ward manager, said: "Sasha was a true advocate of the nursing profession. She was compassionate, caring and kind to all.

"Sasha had not worked on the ward for very long but had become a very much-loved member of the nursing team. Her absence has left an irreplaceable hole in our ward family. Our thoughts are with her family."

Sasha trained as a nurse at the trust over the past three years. She completed her final placement on Fortescue Ward and began working as a band five nurse on the ward in November 2013.

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