A coroner has launched an investigation into the death of a woman who fell into the water at a Northumberland town quayside.
Catherine Lilburn, 42, from Blyth in Northumberland, fell into the water at the town’s Commissioners Quay last Wednesday.
She was recovered by lifeboat but died in hospital.
South Northumberland coroner Eric Armstrong has now launched an investigation into the circumstances of Ms Lilburn’s death, which will establish whether an inquest will have to be held.
A crew from Blyth RNLI was called just before 1pm last Wednesday after Northumbria Police reported that Ms Lilburn, of Gladstone Street, was in the water at Commissioners Quay.
The lifeboat was launched and took just a minute to arrive at the scene, which is a short distance from the RNLI station.
A member of the crew entered the water to recover Ms Lilburn onto the lifeboat.
She was given CPR and oxygen whilst awaiting the arrival of a paramedic on-board a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer.
Paramedics in a road ambulance arrived shortly after and took over the casualty care at which point the rescue helicopter was stood down.
Ms Lilburn was taken to Wansbeck General Hospital accident and emergency department but sadly died.
Yesterday, a spokeswoman for Mr Armstrong said: “He has opened and commenced an investigation.”