A family has been left heartbroken just days before Christmas, after the death of a woman at a beach in Coffs Harbour.
About 5:40pm on Sunday, a family of five were at Diggers Beach, when they got into trouble as a result of a strong current.
After members of the public assisted the family back to shore, a 49 year old woman from the family became unconscious.
Emergency services were contacted with family and police attempting to resuscitate the woman, a UK National, before she was conveyed to hospital where she was pronounced deceased.
Police from Coffs Clarence Local Area Command are investigating the incident and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.