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Women dies at Tenterden Leisure centre after becoming ill during swim

By Rachael Woods

A woman has died after becoming unwell during a swim at a leisure centre with her daughter.

The female victim, who has been named locally as Teejay Johnson, was taken ill at Tenterden Leisure Centre in Recreation Ground Road on Wednesday.

Staff fought in vain to save the woman's life after she left the pool but despite their efforts she died at the centre.

A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance (SECAmb) said: "We were called to reports of a woman who has stopped breathing at the centre.

"A number of resources, including the air ambulance, were sent to the scene and attempts to revive the woman, thought to be in her 50s, were made. However, these efforts were unsuccessful."

A woman died at Tenterden Leisure Centre
A woman died at Tenterden Leisure Centre

Friends have paid tribute to Teejay on Facebook. Tania Buckman wrote this heartfelt tribute: "My beautiful bestest friend. I can't believe you have gone. I've spent the whole day asking why?

"I'm really struggling as to why you left. You have been part of my life for 34 years. We've been through so much together. The journey we were on together. This has totally destroyed me.

"You have left a massive void in my heart. You were such an amazing lady. Always there for everyone and always putting others first.

"I will never forget you my beautiful friend. Sleep tight my darling. Forever in my heart."

Leeann Woodger posted: "r.i.p my beautiful angel Teejay Johnson".

Jon Hymus, partnership director for Serco Leisure, said: "Staff at Tenterden Leisure Centre are extremely shocked and saddened by the death of one of our customers.

"A female customer suddenly felt unwell and staff alerted the emergency services immediately and did everything they could to revive the lady before the air ambulance and paramedics arrived at the scene.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends."

A police spokesman said: "Kent Police were called to an incident at a leisure centre in Tenterden at 7.06pm on Wednesday by South East Coast Ambulance Service.

"A woman had died suddenly whilst at the centre. Her next of kin were present.

"Her death is not being treated as suspicious."

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