Police are reminding swimmers to be mindful of capabilities and conditions in the water.
A mother has drowned at a beach on Tasmania’s north-west coast trying to help one of her two young daughters in the water.
Police said the woman got into difficulty at Somerset Beach shortly before 6:00pm yesterday.
Bystanders dragged the 49-year-old woman from the water and performed CPR.
She was taken to the North-West Regional Hospital at Burnie in a critical condition and later died.
Her daughters, aged 9 and 10, were also rescued from the water but police said they were safe and well.
The beach was not being patrolled at the time.
Sergeant Nikala Parsons said police understand the woman, from Somerset, was a skilled swimmer.
“It is understood that she got into difficulty after being hit by a wave and it appears that there were some bystanders assisting her until the ambulance arrived a short time later,” she said.
“It is a small community and things like that affect the small communities in a huge way.
“With an incident like that involves I guess families and young children, it’s distressing for everybody including the police.”
Police have reminded swimmers to be mindful of capabilities and conditions in the water.
Our hearts go out to her family.
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