A body has been discovered on Hendon Beach in Sunderland only days after a woman was reportedly ‘swept out sea’.
Although formal identification hasn’t yet taken place, police believe the body is that of the woman involved.
Emergency services including police, ambulance, the fire service, HM Coastguard and a search and rescue helicopter were deployed to the incident on Thursday after reports of people in the water.
Another man was rescued and treated for hypothermia.
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said:
“Shortly before 7.10pm on Thursday, we received a report of concern for the welfare of a woman on Hendon Beach, following reports she had been swept out to sea.
“A search was launched alongside the Coastguard and other partners to locate the woman but sadly a body has now been discovered on Hendon Beach.
“Formal identification is yet to take place but officers do believe the body is that of the woman involved.
“The woman’s family have been notified and are being supported by officers at this sad time. Please could we ask that their privacy is respected.”
Following initial reports that a woman had gone into the sea on Thursday, many took to social media to share their concern after reporting a search had began.
At the time of the incident, a spokesperson for the North East Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 7.26pm to assist with the police and fire service and the coastguard with a report of a person in the water.
“We have treated one man for hypothermia but he did not go to hospital.”