Lifeboat crews were called out in Blackpool after reports of a woman in the sea near South Pier.
Emergency services were called at around 5pm on Tuesday and a Blackpool RNLI lifeboat was launched amid fears the “despondent” woman was at risk.
The woman was found and safely removed from the water’s edge by police.
Blackpool RNLI tweeted: “Our RNLI volunteers launched at 5pm to a person in the sea at South Pier. Fortunately the casualty reached safety before the lifeboat arrived.”
Lytham Coastguard, which was involved in the rescue mission, posted on Twitter that a “despondent” woman had been “removed from waters edge and taken by Blackpool Police to (a) place of safety”.