A woman has died and a man is being treated in hospital after a “tragic incident” off the Wirral coast, police have said.
The lifeboat, coastguard and ambulance were called at 12:20 BST after reports two people had got into difficulties off King’s Parade, New Brighton.
Merseyside Police said a woman in her 50s and a man in his 20s were pulled from the water along with a dog.
The man is said to be in a stable condition and the dog is safe and well.
Shebs Alom was walking nearby when it happened and said he and several others tried to rescue the woman, but the conditions were treacherous.
“We were all trying to throw her ropes and a life ring,” he said.
“She just wasn’t reacting.
“Even the best of swimmers would have struggled in that water,” he added.
Police said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services and her next of kin had been informed.
Formal identification has not yet taken place, the force added.
There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the woman’s death.
“Inquiries are ongoing establish the full circumstances of what led to this tragic incident,” said Det Insp Tara Denn of Merseyside Police.
She urged anyone who witnessed what happened to contact the force.