A WOMAN has died and a man is in hospital after reportedly diving into the sea to rescue her dog.
Emergency crews were scrambled to New Brighton in Merseyside at around 12.30pm today after the pair got into difficulty in the water.
The woman, aged in her 50s, sadly couldn’t be saved after being pulled from the sea by the Coastguard and was declared dead at the scene.
She is believed to have entered the water to rescue her dog, a BBC journalist reports.
Merseyside Police confirmed the man, aged in his 20s, was taken to hospital and is in a stable condition.
The force said the dog was “safe and well”.
There are no suspicious circumstances and the woman’s next of kin have been informed.
Detective Inspector Tara Denn said: “Inquiries are ongoing establish the full circumstances of what led to this tragic incident.
“We know there were a number of people in the area at the time who would have witnessed all or part of this incident.
“While we have spoken to some witnesses, we are keen to speak to others who can help us piece together what happened.
“If you were in the area at the time, please contact us – every bit of information, however small it may seem, could prove crucial.”
Anyone with information should contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or on Facebook at Merseyside Police Contact Centre.
They can also call 101 quoting incident reference 341 of July 6.