Woman dies after being swept into the sea at Nisabost in Harris

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Woman swept into seaImage source, RNLI/Neil Campbell
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The accident happened during high winds and rough seas at Nisabost, Harris

A 50-year-old woman has died after being swept into the sea off the Western Isles.

Police, HM Coastguard and RNLI were called to the Nisabost area in the Isle of Harris at about 07:45.

A Coastguard helicopter flew the woman to Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway in Lewis where police said she was "sadly pronounced dead".

It is believed the woman had been on rocks before she ended up in the water. She was recovered from the shoreline.

She was not from the local area.

The accident happened during high winds and rough seas.

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Emergency services were called to Nisabost at about 07:45

Insp Jane Nicolson, of Police Scotland, said: "Our thoughts first and foremost are with the woman's family and friends."

She added: "We are carrying out inquiries to establish the full circumstances which have led to her death and this work is at an early stage.

"The death is currently unexplained, though initial inquiries suggest there are no suspicious circumstances.

"We are grateful for the assistance of our partners in the emergency services and members of the public in relation to this incident."