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Woman, 50, dies after being swept into the sea at a north beauty spot

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A 50-year-old holidaymaker died after being swept into the sea by a wave at a Outer Hebrides beauty spot.

The woman had been on rocks at Nisabost beach on Harris when tragedy struck at around 8am.

She had been with a small group of people on the island, none believed to be family members.

A member of the public alerted the Coastguard reporting a woman in trouble in the sea.

Winds at the time were gusting at 50mph.

The coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Stornoway, coastguard rescue teams from Scalpay and Tarbert, and the Leverburgh RNLI lifeboat were all sent.

The woman was recovered from the water by the helicopter and was taken to the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway, on neighbouring Lewis, but Police Scotland confirmed she had died.

They are describing the death as “unexplained”.

Her next of kin have been made aware.

Inspector Jane Nicolson said: “Our thoughts first and foremost are with the woman’s family and friends.

“We are carrying out enquiries to establish the full circumstances which have led to her death and this work is at an early stage.

“The death is currently unexplained, though initial enquiries suggest there are no suspicious circumstances.

“We are grateful for the assistance of our partners in the emergency services and members of the public in relation to this incident.”

Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact Police Scotland on 101.

Nisabost is a popular tourist attraction, described as being a “wild and beautiful beach backed by great dunes”.

A prominent feature on the hill behind is Clach Mhic Leoid, a prehistoric standing stone.

To the west on a clear day you can see St Kilda.

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