Surfer who died in Lowestoft is named

A man who died while surfing in Lowestoft has been named.

Steven David Sparks, of north London, died on Saturday, April 30 after getting into difficulty near the groynes by the Hotel Hatfield. An inquest into the 33-year-old's death was opened earlier today. While enquiries into what happened continue, the cause of death has been given as drowning.

The air ambulance, coastguard, ambulance, fire service and police were all called to the seafront shortly before 12pm on Saturday. Local surfers, who spoke of their sadness following the tragedy, said Mr Sparks was not a regular to the beach.

One who didn't want to give his name said: 'It is a real tragedy. We are a close knit community of locals and surfers and people who love the sea and water.

'Everyone is in shock, it's really, really sad. It's left us all feeling empty.'

The inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

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