© Photo special to The Guardian by RCMP
A Joint Rescue Coordination Centre crew works to recover a woman from the high surf in the ocean near the Crowbush resort in Lakeside Friday.
LAKESIDE — RCMP have confirmed a 69-year-old woman from Washington, D.C., has died after being lost in the ocean in Lakeside.
The woman, who had multiple sclerosis, was seen entering the water near the Rodd Crowbush Golf and Beach Resort at about 10:50 a.m. and was not seen returning to shore.
Kings District RCMP and Morell fire department were called to the scene to search for the woman. RCMP requested support from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, which dispatched a Cormorant helicopter to help with the search.
The Canadian Coast Guard was also alerted and directed vessels to that area.
The helicopter crew located the woman in the surf at about 12:40 p.m., roughly 225 metres from shore. They pulled her from the water, transported her to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.
The water in the area was rough today and high waves crashed onto the beach as a few people went into the water up to their knees after the rescue crews left the scene. The RCMP also reported the heavy surf and high winds hampered the recovery efforts.
Earlier today, the P.E.I. National Park issued a news release warning its visitors to stay out of the water due to dangerous surf conditions.