Lifeboat and coastguards respond to capsized canoeist

Lowestoft's RNLI lifeboat Patsy Knight responded. PHOTO: Mick Howes

Lowestoft's RNLI lifeboat Patsy Knight responded. PHOTO: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

A canoeist in trouble at sea sparked a lifeboat and coastguard call-out.

The volunteer crew of the Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat ‘Patsy Knight’ and local HM Coastguard rescue officers were called out at 9.55am on Friday, November 6 after concerns were raised.

They responded following reports of a canoeist in trouble off the Suffolk coast.

A lifeboat spokesman said: “We had a report that two canoeists were out at sea near Ness Point in Lowestoft, and one canoe had capsized with the occupant in the water and needing assistance.”

After carrying out a search at sea, the canoeists were found near to the Hotel Hatfield in Lowestoft.

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Lowestoft lifeboat coxswain John Fox said: “We located two canoes close to the South Beach near the Hatfield Hotel.

“We went alongside and the canoeists confirmed they were now both OK and didn’t need any assistance – so all rescue personnel were stood down and the lifeboat returned to its moorings.”

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