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Diver dies off the coast of Northumberland

The Farne Islands (library picture) Credit: PA (library image)

A diver has died after being reported missing off the coast of Northumberland.

Just before 2pm on Sunday police were told of a missing diver near the Farne Islands.

Emergency services began searching for the diver when she disappeared after surfacing alone without her diving partner just after 11am.

The Coastguard helicopter, life boats from Seahouses and coast guard rescue teams helped with the search.

At around 2.30pm the diver was found and later pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesperson for the Coastguard said the diver was unresponsive to the CPR treatment.

They said:

We believe we last saw her just after 11 this morning and she went back down again.

That was the spark that caused the search.

She lost her dive buddy.

– Coastguard spokesperson

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said:

A woman who was diving just off the coast of the Farne Islands went missing at approximately 11.00am this morning.

The Coastguard launched a search of the area and at 2.30pm the diver was located, she received medical attention at the scene but unfortunately passed away a short time later.

– Northumbria Police spokesperson