THE body of an elderly woman was found in the water near a golf club.

Emergency services were called to the scene in Barton on Wednesday afternoon.

A coastguard helicopter, a coastguard team from Lymington, RNLI lifeboats from Mudeford and Lymington, South Central Ambulance Service and Hampshire Constabulary responded to the reported incident at around 2.30pm at Barton-on-Sea Golf Club.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokeswoman said: "We were called just before 2.30pm after a body of a woman in her 70s was found in the water near Barton on Sea Golf Club.

"Her next of kin have been informed, and are being supported by specialist officers.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner."