Police have confirmed that a woman has died following an incident at a beach in the Nisabost area of the Isle of Harris this morning (Wednesday March 20th).
A full emergency was called after Stornoway Coastguard control centre received a 999 call from a member of the public, reporting a woman in difficulty in the sea.
The coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Stornoway, coastguard rescue teams from Scalpay and Tarbert, and the Leverburgh RNLI lifeboat were sent to the scene at full speed and the woman was recovered from the water by the helicopter.
Police were called to the area around 8.25am and the woman was taken by helicopter to Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway, where she was sadly pronounced dead. Her next of kin are 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 by calling 101, quoting incident 547 of March 20th.
(This report has been updated since first being published)