The emergency services have been involved in an early-morning search for a woman who was reported as missing after she had been seen entering the sea in Lowestoft.

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Fears had been raised after the woman was spotted going into the sea at about 3.30am this morning (Sunday) wearing a blue dress.

She was eventually persuaded by her friends to get out of the water, but she then disappeared along the beach.

Her worried friends subsequently searched for her, and checked her home, but they were unable to find her and so they called the police for help.

Police officers, two lifeboats and two coastguard teams were then involved in the search for the missing woman this morning, but this was called off after she was found safe and well in the Lowestoft area.

Both Lowestoft and Southwold Lifeboats were involved in the multi-agency search along with the Lowestoft and Gorleston Coastguard teams. Police co-ordinated the search along the south beach area, with the emergency services called out about 6.30am.

The lifeboats searched the coastal areas, from the south beach to Pakefield, Kessingland and Benacre Sluice. A police spokesman said the woman was eventually found “safe and well” in Lowestoft at 7.15am.

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