(Morningside Beach/Google Maps)

A 38-year-old woman was pronounced dead after she drowned at Morningside beach, located off Hammond Bay Road, near Neck Point in north Nanaimo.

The incident occurred at about 12:30 p.m. on Monday, and the scene was first attended by City of Nanaimo Fire and Rescue who spoke to a distraught family member.

He told authorities that the woman had been swimming when she disappeared below the surface at one point, and appeared to be unconscious when she resurfaced.

Fire crews helped him get the woman back to shore and performed CPR until BC Paramedics and Nanaimo RCMP arrived.

Soon after, the BC Coroner’s Service attended the scene and pronounced the woman dead. Her family members in Nanaimo and elsewhere have been alerted, and Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services are now assisting them.

No foul play is suspected in this case, and it has been handed over to the BC Coroner’s Service.