Emergency services rushed to the scene on the crowded beach at around 16:15 following reports of a woman in difficulty in the water.
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 2 ambulances crews, an operational commander, 2 Coastguard Rescue Teams and Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat all responded to the emergency.
It’s understood the woman suffered a suspected heart attack and was pulled out of the water and onto the beach.
Despite the best efforts of all the emergency teams, who carried out CPR for an extended period of time, there was nothing more that could be done to save the woman’s life.
Coastguard Rescue 175 helicopter landed on the beach ready to airlift the woman but the decision was taken to stop resuscitation.
The casualty’s family were at the beach and witnessed the situation unfold. They are being supported at this difficult time.
Police have attended the incident and have confirmed the circumstances of the death with first responders.
Sandown & Shanklin Lifeboat have transported the casualty to the lifeboat station for transfer to a private ambulance, avoiding the crowds gathered at Yaverland today.
The incident has been brought to a close with emergency crews now standing down.