Swimmers training for Ironman competition prompt Lowestoft lifeboat call out

Lowestoft lifeboat was called out to reports of a swimming in difficulty off Lowestoft's South Beach. Lowestoft lifeboat was called out to reports of a swimming in difficulty off Lowestoft's South Beach.

Saturday, August 16, 2014
11:07 AM

A pair of swimmers training for an Ironman competition off Lowestoft’s South Beach prompted an emergency call out for the town’s lifeboat.

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Lowestoft lifeboat was called out yesterday after Humber Coastguard received reports of a swimmer in difficulty, who may have been swept out to sea.

The Spirit of Lowestoft all weather lifeboat was launched shortly after 6.40pm to search for the swimmer off the town’s South Beach.

However, upon arrival the crew discovered the swimmers were not in trouble and were swimming against the tide to prepare for an Ironman competition.

Coxswain John Fox said: “We arrived at the location of the sighting, between Claremont and South piers, very quickly and found two swimmers.

“We soon ascertained that they were not in danger and were in fact taking part in training for an Ironman competition.

“It was a false alarm with good intent as the two swimmers, who were wearing wet suits and had been part of a larger group, were swimming against the tide and because of this were not making very fast headway.”

The lifeboat was stood down and returned to port.

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