A woman who was plucked from the sea by the Coastguard Rescue helicopter off Ryde yesterday (Friday) has died.
At just gone midday a member of the public reported to Solent Coastguard that a female was in difficulty around 200m off Ryde Harbour. An immediate rescue operation was launched involving Coastguard Rescue 175, Ryde Inshore Rescue, Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team, Police and the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service.
The Coastguard helicopter from Lee-On-Solent arrived on scene within just minutes before winching the unresponsive casualty out of the water and flying her directly to St Mary’s Hospital in Newport. Sadly, doctors were unable to save her life.
Island Echo understands that the woman – who had gone out to sea to swim – was in a state of undress when she was winched into the helicopter after a passing boat tried to rescue her, accidentally pulling off the little clothing she had on in the process.
Harrowingly, the currently unnamed woman’s next-of-kin watched the incident unfold from the shore. He was treated for shock by paramedics.
Police are currently investigating the incident – including the timeline of events – and are preparing a file for the coroner. It is currently unknown what caused the swimmer to lose consciousness.