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Woman dies after car goes into Caledonian Canal

Neptune's Staircase
Image caption Emergency services were called to Neptune's Staircase on Wednesday

A woman has died after her car went into the Caledonian Canal in Lochaber.

Coastguard personnel and the emergency services were called to the Neptune's Staircase locks, at Banavie near Fort William, at about 14:00 on Wednesday.

A member of the public raised the alarm after seeing the woman in the water, out of her car.

Police Scotland said she was taken by ambulance to Belford Hospital in Fort William for treatment, but died.

The woman's car was later lifted out of the canal after it was found by police divers.

A police spokeswoman said: "Inquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding the woman's death but there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.

"No further details are available until confirmation that all next of kin have been informed. A report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal."

In March 2008, a man and woman died after their car went into the canal at the same area.

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