Prayers for Great Yarmouth man who died in Lowestoft boating tragedy

Search and rescue off Lowestoft seafront. Search and rescue off Lowestoft seafront.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
5:41 PM

Prayers are being said in Great Yarmouth after a local man died in the Lowestoft boat tragedy and two others remain missing.

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Emergency services recover a boat from the sea off the coast of Lowestoft.Emergency services recover a boat from the sea off the coast of Lowestoft.

It is believed three men were on board the blue and white speedboat when it capsized on Monday.

While the sea search was called off at 12.40am this morning, lifeboat crews have today searched the coast from Corton to Kessingland. They stood down at 1.30pm.

Search finished in Lowestoft boating tragedy

Lifeboat and helicopter search off Lowestoft Coast.Lifeboat and helicopter search off Lowestoft Coast.

Boat recovered from water off the Lowestoft coast

Video: Timeline and reaction to Lowestoft sea tragedy

Police, who believe the boat was on a fishing trip, are trying to contact the next of kin of the man who died yesterday after being pulled from the water at 2.25pm.

As news spread that the man came from the Yarmouth area, port chaplain Rev Peter Paine said his thoughts and prayers were with all those affected.

“Although we are primarily here for the professional fishermen, Great Yarmouth has a lot of pleasure crafts and occasional sailors who go out to sea. We are here for them as well; we are here for everyone who travels on the sea.

“I will be saying prayers for the deceased and for the families affected who must be suffering at such an awful time.”

Rev Paine, a Baptist minister with the Mission To Seafarers, added that the terrible incident was a reminder of how powerful the sea can be.

At Gorleston harbour today, where it is believed the small speedboat sailed from at 10am yesterday before it was spotted again off Corton at about noon, local fishermen spoke of their shock.

One man, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s an awful thing to happen.

“It’s not uncommon for people to go out sea fishing, but you don’t often see boats that small out there.”

John Temple, who operates sea fishing trips out of Yarmouth on an ex-RNLI Watson-Class lifeboat, said he had not heard of any missing charter boats and believed it may have been a privately-owned boat

“A lot of smaller boats go out now, it’s become much more popular,” he said, adding that the boat, if it launched from Gorleston, may have gone from the harbour or from further inland on the River Yare.

Staff from Gorleston Tackle Centre said everyone was talking about the incident and one customer, who had been beach fishing at the time, told them he had spotted a “little white boat ripping about” around 11am yesterday.

The incident unfolded after Lowestoft Coastguard was alerted to a person in the water and an overturned boat at Ness Point shortly before 2pm yesterday.

The Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat was called out and rescued the casualty from the water between the South Pier and the Claremont Pier.

The crew administered first aid before transferring the man to the ambulance service. Attempts were made to revive him but he was pronounced dead just after 3pm. His body was taken to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston.

Would you like to pay tribute to those affected? Email lauren.rogers@archant.co.uk.

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