A major search operation was launched along Lowestoft seafront today after it was feared an angler may have been swept out to sea.

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At 11.50am a report was made that there was unattended fishing equipment by Ness Point.

The discovery of the equipment led to a search of the area by police, including the force’s helicopter, and members of the Lowestoft and Southwold and Gorleston Coastguard Rescue Teams.

RNLI lifeboats crews from Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston and Southwold were also called into help with the search, which extended to Kessingland and saw four lifeboats deployed.

The search was called off at 1.30pm when the angler returned to his equipment.

A spokesman for the Lowestoft and Southwold Rescue Teams said: “The owner was slightly embarrassed, but had gone back home as he had forgotten his medication and did not want to carry all his fishing equipment with him as he was returning to fish.”

The search led to the coastguard reminding anglers that if they leave equipment unattended they should inform Humber Coastguard centre and label it with their name and postcode.

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