River fall death 'was accident'

The woman, who was 57, fell into the River Seaton at Hessenford on Saturday.

A police dog handler found her in the water and tried to revive her. She was airlifted to hospital in Plymouth but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police said they had passed information about the death to the coroner and it was not being treated as suspicious.

Emergency services were called to the scene after she fell in while crossing the bridge at about 2000 GMT on Saturday.

A search and rescue operation was launched involving police, fire crews, Looe coastguard team, Cornwall Search and Rescue and a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose.

Police described it as a difficult operation and that, at one point, at least one member of the search party fell into the swollen river but was pulled out by a colleague.

The woman was eventually found by the dog handler about quarter-of-a-mile downstream (400m) after a 45-minute search.

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