Swimmer dies in Balmedie tragedy

Coastguards are advising people to be cautious before swimming in the sea.
Coastguards are advising people to be cautious before swimming in the sea.

A young woman died after getting into difficulties while swimming off the Aberdeenshire coast at the weekend.

She was helped ashore at Balmedie by members of the public who alerted the emergency services.

Police later named her as Amy Li, 26.

She was flown by helicopter to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where she died.

The incident, which happened about 6.45pm on Sunday, has brought a warning from coastguards about the “hidden dangers” of the sea.

It is understood three people rescued the woman when she encountered difficulties in the water and alerted coastguards.

A helicopter taking an offshore worker to hospital was diverted to the incident as the road leading to the beach at Balmedie was blocked due to a two-car accident on the nearby A90.

The casualty was winched from the beach and flown to hospital, where she died.

Coastguards are asking people to be cautious before entering the sea around North-east beaches.

They are advising swimmers to check the weather conditions and the ride when thinking iof taking a dip.

Officials say that just because the water looks calm on the surface, there may be hidden dangers.

Police said their inquiries into the incident are continuing and appealed for any witnesses.