A woman has died after being rescued from the sea near Folkestone, police have said. The 39-year-old was spotted in the water off the harbour area just before 7am on Tuesday, prompting a rescue operation by Folkestone and Dungeness coastguard, the Dover RNLI lifeboat and a helicopter.
She was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition, but later died. Police say her next of kin have been informed of her death, which they are not treating as suspicious. Robert Bendhiaf, of the Dover RNLI lifeboat, described the conditions as “pretty bad”.
He added: “As with many of our launches, we do not yet know the reasons why this woman was in the sea, but needless to say it is an awful outcome and the crews thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this young lady.”