A woman in her 70s died in hospital after being pulled out of the River Derwent in Cockermouth.
Cumbria police were called at 12:40pm to reports that a woman was in the water near to Jennings brewery.
Following a joint rescue operation between police, fire and ambulance crews the woman was taken to the West Cumberland Hospital where she later died.
Police are now trying to determine how she came to be in the river.
More top news
Cumbria Police have been praised for the way they work with victims of crime, according to a new report by HMIC.
A mental health ward in Kendal is to remain open until the outcome of a delayed public consultation into its future.
A look ahead at the forecast for the Border region.