Woman's body pulled from sea and companion found injured in strange horror scene in Devon

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It is not currently known how the pair got into severe difficulty at in water near Brigham Laboratory. Police were also unable to confirm how long they had been in the water when they were discovered on Sunday. The shocked coastguard pulled the body of the woman from the water after being alerted by a member of the public at 5.45am. She is believed to be in her 40s.

When police arrived, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man, in his 60s, was found with injuries on rocks nearby.

He was rushed to Derriford hospital in Plymouth where he is fighting for his life.

The woman’s death is being treated as unexplained but is not thought to be suspicious, a Devon and Cornwall police statement said on Tuesday.

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It is thought that the pair had been visiting from Huddersfield.

A dog they had with them was found and put into local kennels.

Police are appealing to witnesses to help piece together what happened.

Det Insp Dawn Periam said: “”We are continuing to investigate the circumstances around this incident and our enquiries remain ongoing into when and where these two people entered the water.

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“The man and woman are believed to have been visiting Devon from Huddersfield together, with their dog who has been taken into the care of kennels.

“We’re keen to hear from anyone who was in the area of Brixham Laboratory, Oxon Cove and Freshwater Quarry Car Park between 10pm on Saturday 10 August and 5.45am on Sunday 11 August.

“Anyone who witnessed the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 267 11 August.”

The woman’s next of kin have been informed of the death and a file is being prepared for the coroner, a spokesperson added.

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