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A woman has died after going missing off the south-east coast, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has said.

A multi-agency search was launched after the swimmer was reported missing near Margate.

Two RNLI lifeboats were deployed as part of the search along with support from the coastguard and local emergency services.

The woman was reported missing just after 3am on Saturday morning and search teams covered areas near Margate harbour and Nayland Rock as well as further east to allow for tidal drift.

A woman has died after going missing off the south-east coast, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has said. Stock picture

A woman has died after going missing off the south-east coast, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has said. Stock picture

A woman has died after going missing off the south-east coast, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has said. Stock picture

The woman was reported missing just after 3am on Saturday morning and search teams covered areas near Margate harbour and Nayland Rock as well as further east to allow for tidal drift. Pictured: Botany Bay in Margate

The woman was reported missing just after 3am on Saturday morning and search teams covered areas near Margate harbour and Nayland Rock as well as further east to allow for tidal drift. Pictured: Botany Bay in Margate

The woman was reported missing just after 3am on Saturday morning and search teams covered areas near Margate harbour and Nayland Rock as well as further east to allow for tidal drift. Pictured: Botany Bay in Margate 

The body of a woman was discovered around three hours into the search by members of the RNLI’s shore crew.

The South East Coast Ambulance Service attended and the woman was declared dead at the scene.

The search was then called off.

The RNLI said it passed on “deep condolences” to the family and friends of the dead woman.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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