Update: Search finished in Lowestoft boating tragedy as police confirm two men from Great Yarmouth area are missing

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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
3:11 PM

A man who died after a speedboat capsized off Lowestoft is believed to be from the Great Yarmouth area, it has been revealed by police.

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

Police in Norfolk and Suffolk are still working to try and locate his next of kin.

Suffolk police also confirmed that two men from Great Yarmouth have been reported as missing to Norfolk Police and enquiries are continuing to find them.

Video: Timeline and reaction to Lowestoft sea tragedy

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

Video: Boat recovered from water off the Lowestoft coast

It is believed three men were on board the blue and white speedboat when it capsized yesterday afternoon. They are believed to have been on a fishing trip.

Searches have finished in Lowestoft today after coastguard teams carried out a beach search along the coast at low tide from Corton to Kessingland from 10.30am.

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

About 10 members of the Lowestoft and Southwold Coastguard Rescue Team are carrying out the search, with the aid of a lifeboat Gorleston and Great Yarmouth lifeboat.

There was some activity after an object was believed to have discovered by the Ness Point- but it turned out to be seaweed.

The search was called off at 1.30pm.

A Suffolk police spokesman said: “The man is believed to be from the Great Yarmouth area. Police in Norfolk and Suffolk are still working to try and locate his next-of-kin.

A speedboat is recovered by coastguards and the fire service water rescue team. Picture: MICK HOWESA speedboat is recovered by coastguards and the fire service water rescue team. Picture: MICK HOWES

“Two men from the Great Yarmouth area have been reported as missing to Norfolk Police and enquiries are continuing to find them.”

As part of the investigation Suffolk police are examining the boat at an undisclosed location.

The sea search for the two missing men was called off at 12.40am this morning.

The coastguard, RNLI lifeboat crews, a police helicopter and an RAF search and rescue helicopter were called out at about 2pm yesterday after a man and an overturned boat were spotted in the sea near Ness Point.

The man’s body was pulled from the water by Lowestoft lifeboat but, despite efforts to revive him, he was pronounced dead at 3pm.

A major search and rescue operation was then launched after it was feared two further people had been on board the capsized boat and were still missing.

Humber Coastguard, which has been coordinating the operation, announced the search had been stood down at 7.15pm.

But the Lowestoft and Gorleston lifeboats and the RAF search and rescue helicopter were called back out at 8.30pm to resume the search amid fears two people were still missing.

The coastgaurd search teams by Ness PointThe coastgaurd search teams by Ness Point

The Lowestoft Coastguard was initially 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 lifeboat 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.

Man could not be revived

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman confirmed that a man had died following an incident off the coast at Lowestoft.

A police officer was alerted by a member of the public to a person in the sea off Wilde Street, near the sea wall.

The Lowestoft coastguard was informed, the lifeboat attended and at around 2.25pm a man was rescued from the water between the South Pier and the Claremont Pier.

The police spokesman said: “Attempts were made to revive him but he was pronounced deceased just after 3pm. He has been taken to the James Paget Hospital.

“Police are working to trace his next of kin and are also making enquiries to determine if he was on a boat that capsized and, if so, whether there was anyone else on board the vessel. A boat is being recovered from the sea by the coastguard and lifeboat.

“The police helicopter and an RAF search and rescue helicopter have been used to carry out searches of the water to assist the coastguard and see if anyone else could be spotted but there have been no further sightings.”

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