A WOMAN and a young girl from Lancashire have died and a man is seriously ill after suffering breathing difficulties on a boat.
The alarm was raised at around 4pm yesterday when Cumbria Police and an ambulance were called to a private boat at Windermere in the Lake District.
A 36-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl, both from the Leyland area, were treated at the scene and then air-lifted to Royal Lancaster Infirmary, where they both died.
The man, who was also on the boat, is still receiving hospital treatment.
A spokeswoman for Cumbria Police said last night: “We can confirm that at approximately 4pm today, they attended an incident at Lake Windermere, where it was reported three people on a private boat were having serious breathing difficulties.
“Police attended along with an ambulance crew.
“A 36-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl, both from the Leyland area, were treated at the scene and then air-lifted to Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
“Unfortunately both have since tragically died. A man, who was also on the boat, is still receiving treatment at Royal Lancaster Infirmary.”
The spokeswoman continued: “Police are currently investigating the circumstances of this tragic incident and trying to establish the full facts about what has happened. The coroner has been informed.”
Cumbria Police said they were unable to confirm reports the deaths were the result of carbon monoxide.