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Woman's body recovered from sea by kayaker off Cornwall

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Image caption The woman was brought ashore between Porthleven and nearby Rinsey

A woman's body has been recovered from the sea by a kayaker.

Witnesses reported seeing the woman "in difficulty" just before 11:00 BST on Saturday off Porthleven, on the south coast of Cornwall.

The Coastguard said she was brought ashore by a kayaker before being airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Truro.

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed a woman had died and officers were attempting to contact her next-of-kin.

Image caption Cliff walkers spotted the woman's body floating in the sea

An RNLI lifeboat, a Coastguard search-and-rescue helicopter and a lifeguard were all sent to the scene.

Kayaker Ian Prickett says he heard someone shouting down from the cliffs to him.

"I couldn't quite make out exactly what they were saying," he said. "But it soon became clear that there was a lady in the water.

Image caption Kayaker Ian Prickett says the woman was already dead when he found her in the sea

"She was head down and I grabbed hold of her and turned her around to check for vital signs and any signs of life, but there was nothing.

"So I jumped out of my kayak and took her to the shore and then radioed the coastguard. They brought the RNLI along to medevac her out of the area."

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