A hero who saved 27 lives when the 1953 floods ravaged the Norfolk coastline has died at his home in America, aged 81.

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He waded into the icy water towing a rubber dinghy, after the angry waters broke through the sea defences south of Hunstanton.

Before he passed out, he managed to save 27 people from the flood waters that swirled around the Norfolk coastline on that terrible night in January 1953.

Reis Leming was looking forward to returning to Hunstanton this weekend, for a parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the US Air Force’s 67th Air Rescue Squadron.

But he passed away on Monday at his home in America, after suffering a broken hip in a fall.

See tomorrow’s EDP for the full story - you can leave your tributes to Reis Leming below.

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  • Such a brave man - he couldn't even swim, yet risked the water to save others. An example to us all, may he rest in peace.

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    julygirl

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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