A woman has been rescued from a Wiltshire canal in a “life threatening condition”, sparking a police investigation.

Emergency services, including police and fire crews, rushed to the Kennet and Avon Canal, near Caen Hill Locks shortly before 10.30am on Tuesday, May 21.

A woman in her 40s was rescued from the water and taken to in a life threatening condition.

Police are now probing the incident to determine what happened.

Any witnesses have been urged to come forward.

A spokesperson for the force said: “We responded to reports of a person in the water in the Kennet and Avon Canal, Rowde, at around 10.30am yesterday morning.

“A woman in her 40s was taken to hospital in a life threatening condition.

“An investigation is underway into the circumstances of what happened.

“If you can help with our enquiries please contact us on 101 quoting log number 92 of yesterday’s date (May 21).”

A large fire service response was on the scene during the rescue, including crews from Devizes and Chippenham, and a wading team from Trowbridge.

A police spokesperson has since confirmed a woman in her 40s has died.