A person has died following an incident at a popular beach in Devon, emergency services say.
Witnesses saw a woman being pulled from the water on Croyde beach in Saturday’s tragedy.
Her body was pulled from the sea in front of tourists on the busy holiday beach in north Devon.
Shocked witnesses reported seeing a woman being treated by paramedics yesterday morning.
HM Coastguard and RNLI crews were called to the scene shortly after 10.30am, along with paramedics and police officers, but it has been confirmed the person has died.
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “A body was located in the water. Non-suspicious circumstances.”
A spokesperson for South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SWASFT), said: “South Western Ambulance Service was called on Saturday, July 17 at 10.42 regarding a medical incident on Croyde Sands, North Devon.
“We sent land ambulance crews, Helimed, a critical care car and Basics Doctor to attend the incident.”
HM Coastguard added: “HM Coastguard coordinated the response after receiving reports of someone in trouble in the sea at Croyde Bay just after 10.30am yesterday.
“Croyde RNLI Lifeguards, Croyde, Ilfracombe and Mortehoe coastguard rescue teams have all been sent, along with an air ambulance. South West Ambulance Service were also involved.
“The person in the water was rescued and handed into the care of the ambulance service.”
An anonymous beach-goer who witnessed the incident added that they saw numerous people being rescued at around 10.30am around the rocks near Downend car park.
The witness told Devon Live: “I walked up over by the rocks, as a lady was being pulled out.
“She was given CPR by someone on the beach.
“I wanted to help as this was extremely distressing. So I decided to walk to the pathway at the top by the car park and stop people walking down, especially those with children as I didn’t want them to witness the CPR.
“I just want to say, how quick the lifeguards were there, and the emergency services were as fantastic as usual, in an extremely difficult situation.
“Also incidents like this really bring out the best in people, in this country. Bystanders just doing what they could.”
Police say the incident is non-suspicious, but the exact cause of the death is unknown.
The beach tragedy came on what was by then the hottest day of the year so far.
The UK is sweltering in a heatwave with highs forecast to hit 33C in southern regions today.
Thousands have headed to the coastlines in search of water to cool off in as the Met Office predicts the scorching heat will linger for days to come.
The high temperatures have prompted public health authorities to issue heat warnings for vulnerable people.