AN INQUEST was opened yesterday into the death of a disabled Garden Lane woman pulled from the sea at Blackpool.
Teresa Levin, 52, of Sarl Williams Court, Garden Lane, was found in the water near to South Pier last Thursday.
Police, the coastguard and an inshore lifeboat were scrambled to the scene after her electric wheelchair was found abandoned at the top of the steps on the promenade.
Miss Levin was pulled from the waves shortly after and taken ashore where she was pronounced dead.
Her identity was only discovered after police appealed to hotels and guest houses to come forward if any disabled guests were missing.
Miss Levin had lived at British Legion-built housing in Sarl Williams Court for the last 15 months.
Residents said this week she was a quiet woman who often went alone on short breaks to Blackpool.
The centre manager and another resident identified her body last week and residents held a mass and prayers in her memory on Wednesday.
Miss Levin is said to have suffered from a condition which left her permanently wheelchair bound.
Following a postmortem on Wednesday, Blackpool coroners opened an inquest into her death and a hearing will be held later in the year.
Det Insp Tim Leeson of Blackpool CID, said: 'At this time there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.'