A POLICE investigation was launched after a woman tragically died after falling into the sea.
The incident happened as the pensioner was walking with her husband on the seafront at Knott End at around 3.50pm yesterday.
The man was a little in front of his partner and when he looked back to check if she was ok, the 75-year-old had disappeared.
He frantically rushed to the sea wall and saw her in the water below.
Passers-by went to his assistance and one have-a-go-hero put on a lifebelt and went into the water to try to rescue the woman, while others called in the emergency services.
Fleetwood RNLI spokesman Tony Clark told The Gazette: “The inshore lifeboat was launched to rescue the woman who had fallen in to the sea opposite Knott End Coastguard Station.
“The elderly woman was picked up further along the coast after she had drifted in the water.
“Efforts to resuscitate her began immediately and she was taken the short distance back to the coastguard station, where paramedics took over but could not save her.”
Knott End coastguard conducted the rescue attempt from the shore as the drama unfolded.
A spokesman for HM Coastguard added: “A lifeboat from Fleetwood was launched and a Knott End coastguard team were also present.
“The police are now investigating.”
Police today confirmed they had attended the incident and launched an inquiry into what had happened but believed the death was a tragic accident.
A spokesman added: “We are not treating the death as suspicious and a file has been prepared to be passed to the coroner.”