Tyne & Wear

Diver who died off Seahouses is named

Ruth Fletcher
Image caption Dr Fletcher was one of the founding members of the Northumberland Fell Runners

Tributes have been paid to a diver who died off the Northumberland coast.

Fellow-divers called the emergency service after Dr Ruth Fletcher surfaced unconscious during a dive off Seahouses on Sunday afternoon.

The 60-year-old from the Stocksfield area was airlifted to hospital by a helicopter from RAF Boulmer, but was later pronounced dead.

She was a keen fell-runner and fellow runners said it was a loss to the tight-knit community.

Phil Green, secretary of Northumberland Fell Runners, said she was one of the founder members of the club.

He said she was very talented at the sports she took part in, including off-road triathlon and quadrathlon, which involves swimming, cycling, running and kayaking.

He said: "When Ruth was in a race you could always hear her laughter.

"It is a tragic shame. It is an absolute tragedy and a loss to the tight-knit community that is fell running in the North East."

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