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Fire crews stood down after man swimming in River Wensum in Norwich sparks alert

PUBLISHED: 11:15 14 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:40 14 May 2017

Emergency services at Wensum Street, Norwich, where it was feared a person was in difficulties in the river. Pic: ALARM MEDIA.

Emergency services at Wensum Street, Norwich, where it was feared a person was in difficulties in the river. Pic: ALARM MEDIA.

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A man swimming sparked drama in Norwich city centre when fire crews went to the scene believing he had got into difficulty.

A member of the public called Norfolk police because they were concerned at what they thought was a person in trouble in the River Wensum near the Ribs of Beef pub on Wensum Street.

Police contacted Norfolk Fire and Rescue and the service sent a fire engine from Earlham and its rescue boat from Carrow.

However, on arrival, at just after 7.45pm last night, it became clear there was no need for a river rescue.

A spokesman said: “On investigation it was found to be a swimmer who was happy to be in the water. We just offered some words of advice that a May night might not be the best time to go swimming.”

Emergency services at Wensum Street, Norwich, where it was feared a person was in difficulties in the river. Pic: ALARM MEDIA. Emergency services at Wensum Street, Norwich, where it was feared a person was in difficulties in the river. Pic: ALARM MEDIA.

The man then got out of the water,

Last month, firefighters did have to rescue a woman from the river.

Police received a call at about 8.30pm on April 28 that a woman had gone into the water close to Tanners Court, not far from Wensum Park.

Fire crews from Earlham, Sprowston and Carrow, along with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s rescue boat went to the scene and helped get the woman, believed to be in her 40s, out of the water.

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