Rescue teams stood down in search for missing swimmer in Lowestoft after no new information is reported

Teams searching for the missing swimmer off Lowestoft South Beach. Picture: Mick Howes.

Teams searching for the missing swimmer off Lowestoft South Beach. Picture: Mick Howes. - Credit: Archant

Rescue teams will not resume a search today for a missing swimmer in Lowestoft.

Teams searching for the missing swimmer off Lowestoft South Beach. Picture: Mick Howes.

Teams searching for the missing swimmer off Lowestoft South Beach. Picture: Mick Howes. - Credit: Archant

The coastguard and lifeboat were called out just before 1pm yesterday following reports that a man was in trouble in the sea off South Beach.

The alarm was raised after someone thought they saw a person in the water who appeared to wave and then disappear.

An extensive search was carried out with three RNLI lifeboats, one from Lowestoft and two from Gorleston called out to help with the search.

Teams searching for the missing swimmer off Lowestoft South Beach. Picture: Mick Howes.

Teams searching for the missing swimmer off Lowestoft South Beach. Picture: Mick Howes. - Credit: Archant

Coastguard Rescue Teams from Lowestoft, Southwold and Gorleston were also called, along with lifeguards from Lowestoft and Suffolk Police.


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The HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lydd was also involved and carried out a thorough search of the area.

A volunteer critical care paramedic from Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) was also sent to the scene.

Teams searching for the missing swimmer off Lowestoft South Beach. Picture: Mick Howes.

Teams searching for the missing swimmer off Lowestoft South Beach. Picture: Mick Howes. - Credit: Archant

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The search was called off at around 5.30pm yesterday after nothing was found.

Speaking this morning, David Burwood, rescue officer for HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold, said: 'There has not been any further leads and no one has been reported missing at this time so there is no further concern with regards to a person being in the water at this time.

'The response that we got from members of the public was overwhelming with regards to sharing our post on social media to bring in information, so we would like to thank everyone for their help.'

Anyone who has information that the man got ashore safely, if it was you or you suspect someone is missing, call the UK Coastguard on 01262 672317 or dial 999.

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