The Coastguard responded to an emergency call by launching a search & rescue operation involving its helicopter, lifeboats from Seahouses, Berwick and Craster and vessels in the vicinity.

The diver, understood to have been aged around 50, had been diving from a Seahouses charter-boat. Found about two hours into the search near Longstone Island, where she had been diving, she was treated at the scene and brought back to Seahouses, where she was pronounced dead.

“We are unsure how this tragedy occurred, but our thoughts are very much with the deceased lady’s partner, friends and dive colleagues,” said Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton. “She had been with a party of divers from Ormskirk.

“Northumbria Police are now conducting enquiries, which will be referred to the coroner. This was a very harrowing incident for all concerned.”

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