A WOMAN has died this morning after she was found unconscious in the swimming pool at DW Fitness Centre, police have confirmed.
Emergency services were called to the leisure club at Ravenhead Retail Park on Milverny Way, St Helens at around 10.25am.
Paramedics took the 61-year-old to hospital where she died.
Her next of kin have been informed but she is yet to be formally identified.
A post mortem will take place to establish the cause of death.
A police spokesman said: "At this time the death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner."
A spokeswoman from the company offered their sympathy to the woman’s family adding: “Our thoughts are with the family at this stage.
“Our health and safety department are now supporting the staff and an internal investigation in underway.
“It is very sad.”
She stressed that as a company they carry out stringent safety checks and that there was “nothing to suggest staff could have done more”.
She said that the woman was de-fibrillated at the scene but this proved unsuccessful.
The spokeswoman went on to say that DW Sports Centres have defibrillators at each site.