Two photographers rescued after falling into the sea from Cromer Pier
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Two people were rescued from the sea this morning after plunging off Cromer Pier.
The pair had reportedly been taking photos when they lost their footing at about 2am.
They were rescued by Cromer RNLI inshore lifeboat George and Muriel after clinging to the struts of the pier for about 15 minutes.
Cromer lifeboat station press officer Audrey Smith said: 'Fortunately the tide was low, but not completely out or they would have fallen straight onto the sand, so it was a very lucky escape.'
Station officer for Cromer Coastguard Mark Bonnett said: 'They had been rescued by the time we got there, returned to shore and seemed fine.
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'It seems they were standing on a bench and taking photos when one lost their footing and pulled the other in.
'The tide had turned so the water was quite shallow, but it was very dangerous situation as they had fallen about 20 feet. This was an accident, but it highlights the dangers of jumping from the pier.'
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The rescue was attended by Cromer RNLI, Cromer and Sheringham Coastguard, the police and ambulance service.