Woman drowns while swimming in the sea off Eastbourne during heatwave

A woman has drowned while swimming in the sea off Eastbourne during the heatwave.

Coastguards, paramedics and police were called to the beach near the resort’s Western Parade after the victim was pulled from the water and onto the beach by rescuers who saw that she was in trouble.

An ambulance crew was escorted onto the beach and tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the woman who was certified dead at the scene.

Her body was transferred from the beach to a lifeboat which had been launched to assist and she was taken to the nearby lifeboat station.

The coroner’s officer was also sent to the scene and the victim, who has not yet been named, was taken by road to the mortuary at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

A pathologist will carry out a post mortem examination to ascertain the exact cause of her death.

An inquest will be opened and adjourned later in the week.

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