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A woman has sadly died after being pulled from the sea at Yaverland in Sandown this afternoon (Sunday). 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Old bean

So sad rip

Dorothy Churchill


Perry Hill

How terrible on a beautiful afternoon as this. What a shock for her family and those on the beach.
The water is shockingly cold, and if you have a weak heart I wonder if it could cause such a horrid thing to happen.
Hope all her family can stay come together and stay strong for one another at this difficult time.

The Truth

How awful, Kind thoughts and condolences to the ladies’ family and friends at this really distressing time.. Rest in peace to the deceased lady. Fly high.

Diane Cohen

So very sad…RIP…condolences to her family

David ford

Such a sad out come RIP to this lady and condolences to the family

Black Rat

Such a sad outcome, my thoughts are with the family but please have a thought also to the emergency services that had to deal with this tragic event.

Nigel Tuck

Let’s hope she was having a nice time before her life sadly ended. RIP.

Voice of reason?

A special thanks to the members of public who assisted us during and after this incident. Respect.

Theresa Gardner

This is so sad my thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time

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