The death of a woman whose body was discovered in the sea is being treated as ‘unexplained’, police said.
The body of the 64-year-old woman was spotted in the water by a member of the public near to North Promenade.
Police and coastguard teams worked together to carry the body on to the Lower Walk opposite the Hilton Hotel in North Shore shortly after 7.30am yesterday.
Officers launched an investigation to discover the identity of the woman and to determine how she ended up in the water.
Det Insp Gareth Willis, from Blackpool CID, said: “An investigation is under way following the discovery of a woman’s body on the beach in Blackpool yesterday morning.
“She has been formally identified as a 64-year-old woman from Blackpool.
“At this stage, we are treating the death as unexplained and are trying to establish how she came to be in the water.”
Holidaymakers and residents said they were shocked and upset to hear the news.
A guest at the nearby Hilton Hotel, who did not wish to be named, said: “That is so sad. I had no idea.
“I don’t live by the sea but I’ve always said the sea is a cruel mistress.”
A dog walker who was passing by the scene yesterday morning added: “It is awful news.
“But it is something that happens quite a lot especially around Gynn Square.
“My thoughts are with the woman’s family.”