Rescue operation under way after man gets into difficulty in water
PUBLISHED: 16:46 08 August 2020 | UPDATED: 17:10 08 August 2020
A rescue operation is under way at a popular country park.
Emergency services, including police and the fire service, were called to Bawsey Country Park at around 11.30am on Saturday (August 8) morning.
It followed reports of a missing man who is believed to have got into difficulty in the water.
A spokesman for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service confirmed two water rescue boats, four fire crews and a drone were at the scene.
Just after 2.30pm, police said search efforts were ongoing.
Further details on the incident have not yet been disclosed.
Bawsey Country Park remains widely known as Bawsey Pits due to its previous existence as a quarry.
These days the former sand workings has a second life as a beauty spot and is open to the public. Signs around the lake forbid swimming but they have in the past been ignored.
Depths are unpredictable where gravel has been dug by drag line, leaving bars and much deeper areas where the water can plunge to 20ft or more.
It means swimmers risk cramp and their legs seizing up if they unexpectedly enter a colder pocket of water.
In July 2013, two men - 41-year-old Ryan Pettengell, from King’s Lynn, and 16-year-old Umar Balogun, from London - drowned in different lakes at Bawsey Pits on the same day.
Friends later revealed Mr Pettengell had been searching for the teenager when he got into difficulty, and an inquest later recorded a verdict of accidental death.
In 2015, Bawsey Pits changed hands after being sold by minerals firm, Sibelco, to Stephen Bacon, who ran a waste recycling firm in the area and owns neighbouring woodland.
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