UPDATE: Body of woman pulled from river at Great Yarmouth
10:41 17 January 2013
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A BODY has been pulled from the river at South Quay in Great Yarmouth this morning (Thursday).
The body of a woman was spotted floating in the River Yare by crew on board a wind farm boat at around 8am.
Great Yarmouth and Gorleston inshore lifeboat was called and recovered the body. They took it back to the Lifeboat Station in Gorleston where it has since been collected.
Police were also called to the quayside.
Rod Wells, helmsman of the Seahorse IV that was called to the scene, said the body had been flowing with the tide but came to rest at the stern of one of the large offshore boats, where the lifeboat crew were able to recover it.
Mr Wells, who is also a paramedic with the East of England Ambulance Service, said there was no chance of “viable resuscitation”. He estimated the woman was in her late 40s or early 50s.
Police are treating the death as unexplained.
A spokesman for the force said: “At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but at this time there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.
“The coroner will be informed in due course.”
Neal Duffield, lifeboat operation manager added: “The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and wherever possible we strive to assist people in distress and bring them safely home to their family and friends.
“Unfortunately, because of the nature of our work, we are occasionally tasked to assist where the outcome is not so positive, like today’s lifeboat launch.
“This can be distressing for the volunteer lifeboat crew members, but moreover, our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones on this person.
“I hope in some way our actions today may at least bring some closure for those involved.”