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'Precarious' rescue of teenager cut off by tide

PUBLISHED: 19:11 26 December 2019 | UPDATED: 20:11 26 December 2019

Emergency services were called to rescue a 19-year-old man from the marshes at The Green, Thornham. Photo: Chris Bishop

Emergency services were called to rescue a 19-year-old man from the marshes at The Green, Thornham. Photo: Chris Bishop

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A man in his teens has been rescued after being cut off by the tide near the Norfolk coast.

A man in his teens has been cut off by the tide near the Norfolk coast. Pictured, Thornham harbour. Photo: Matthew UsherA man in his teens has been cut off by the tide near the Norfolk coast. Pictured, Thornham harbour. Photo: Matthew Usher

Emergency services were called to rescue a 19-year-old male from the marshes at The Green, Thornham, earlier this evening (Thursday, December 26).

Police were alerted to the incident at 5.20pm, and firefighters were asked to assist at 5.21pm.

Inspector John Colbert, from Norfolk Police, said crews were at the scene attempting to free the man at 6.15pm.

He said: "It was a 19-year-old adult male who was stuck in the marshes at Thornham.

Emergency services were called to rescue a 19-year-old man from the marshes at The Green, Thornham. Photo: Chris BishopEmergency services were called to rescue a 19-year-old man from the marshes at The Green, Thornham. Photo: Chris Bishop

"Firefighters have assisted us to slowly retrieve him due to the precarious nature of where he is."

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A spokesman for Norfolk Fire and Rescue said: "We had a request from police to assist with reports of a male being cut off by the tide on the marshes."

Firefighters at the scene said the man had been found safely and would shortly be taken off.

Fire, police, ambulance and coastguard all attended.

Personnel could be seen out on the marsh using powerful lights to look for the man.

Appliances from Hunstanton and Kings Lynn assisted with the rescue after the man became stranded on the marshes following the incoming tide.

The crews used a rescue sled and were aided by the Coastguard.

- Did you witness the rescue? Email reporter Casey Cooper-Fiske on casey.cooper-fiske@archant.co.uk

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