Portsmouth pays tribute to woman, 59, after she dies in Portsmouth Harbour incident
TRIBUTES have been paid to a woman who died after going into the water off Southsea.
The 59-year-old was spotted in the water off the Hovertravel slipway, off Clarence Esplanade, at around 5.30pm on Saturday.
Coastguard, lifeboat crews and police were alerted by frantic members of the public who called 999.
The woman was found unresponsive in the water and brought ashore at Camber Dock, Old Portsmouth by a Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service crew.
The crew - including a Hampshire paramedic - fought to save her life giving CPR but she was confirmed dead at Queen Alexandra Hospital.
It’s not known why the woman entered the water but an eyewitness saw her enter and said it was a ‘tragic accident’.
Now messages of condolences have been spread on The News’ Facebook page.
Antony Glasbey said: ‘Very sad, the sea is a very dangerous place even in the best of conditions, thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.’
Gina Martin added: ‘May she now rest in peace, thoughts go out to her family.’
Jenna Ahmed said: ‘Extremely sad news x condolences to the lady’s family xx.’
Rebecca Pasion said: ‘RIP my thoughts are with the family x.’
Carol Neil said: ‘So sad god bless her thinking of her family at such a sad time xxx.’
Christine Paris said: ‘So, so sad my heart goes out for her poor family and friends.’
Sarah Hutchins added: ‘Sad news my thoughts are with her family x.’
Police have said the death is not being treated as suspicious. The Solent Flyer hovercraft was not involved in the tragedy.
Its crew alerted their captain to the woman in the water and helped raise the alarm.
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