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Gallery/Video: Search resumed for two people feared missing off the coast of Lowestoft; one confirmed dead

09:09 11 March 2014

Lifeboat and helicopter search off Lowestoft Coast.

Lifeboat and helicopter search off Lowestoft Coast.

A search is continuing today off the coast of Lowestoft for two people feared missing after a fishing trip.

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Man could not be revived

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman confirmed that a man had died following an incident off the coast at Lowestoft.

A police officer was alerted by a member of the public to a person in the sea off Wilde Street, near the sea wall.

The Lowestoft coastguard was alerted, the lifeboat attended and around 2.25pm a man was rescued from the water between the South Pier and the Claremont Pier.

The police spokesman said: “Attempts were made to revive him but he was pronounced deceased just after 3pm. He has been taken to the James Paget Hospital.

“Police are working to trace his next of kin and are also making enquiries to determine if he was on a boat that capsized and, if so, whether there was anyone else on board the vessel. A boat is being recovered from the sea by the coastguard and lifeboat.

“The police helicopter and an RAF search and rescue helicopter have been used to carry out searches of the water to assist the coastguard and see if anyone else could be spotted but there have been no further sightings.”

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The coastguard, RNLI lifeboat crews, a police helicopter and an RAF search and rescue helicopter were called out at about 2pm yesterday after a man and an overturned boat were spotted in the sea near Ness Point.

The man’s body was pulled from the water by Lowestoft lifeboat but, despite efforts to revive him, he was pronounced dead at 3pm.

A major search and rescue operation was then launched after it was feared two further people had been on board the capsized boat and were still missing.

Emergency services recover a boat from the sea off the coast of Lowestoft.Emergency services recover a boat from the sea off the coast of Lowestoft.

Humber Coastguard, which has been coordinating the operation, announced the search had been stood down at 7.15pm pending further information.

The coastguard, RNLI lifeboat crews, a police helicopter and an RAF search and rescue helicopter were called out after a man and an overturned boat were spotted in the sea near Ness Point at about 2pm today.

The man was pulled from the water by Lowestoft lifeboat but, despite efforts to revive him, he was pronounced dead at 3pm.

A major search and rescue operation was launched after it was feared two further people had been on board the capsized boat and were still missing.

Humber Coastguard, which is coordinating the search, announced the search had been stood down at 7.15pm pending further information.

The Lowestoft and Gorleston lifeboats and the RAF search and rescue helicopter were called back out at 8.30pm to resume the search amid fears two people were still missing.

Tonight, a Humber Coastguard spokesman said the search is likely to “wrap up and stand down” between midnight and 12.30am.

She said officials will discuss the next course of action at a handover meeting at 7.30am tomorrow, admitting the likelihood of survival was “dwindling”.

Earlier today the Lowestoft Coastguard was alerted to a person in the water and an overturned boat at Ness Point shortly before 2pm.

The Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat was called out and rescued the casualty from the water between the South Pier and the Claremont Pier.

The lifeboat crew administered first aid before transferring the man to the ambulance service.

Attempts were made to revive him but he was pronounced dead just after 3pm. He has been taken to the James Paget University Hospital.

Police are working to trace his next of kin and are also making enquiries to determine if he was on a boat that capsized and, if so, whether there was anyone else on board the vessel.

Meanwhile, a boat was recovered from the sea by the coastguard and Lowestoft lifeboat.

The vessel was towed to shore by a lifeboat crew at about 7pm.

It is understood that the vessel was seen leaving Gorleston at about 10am this morning and was spotted again at Corton at about noon.

It is believed three people were on board.

Search and rescue teams have recovered two buoyancy aids and other debris from the water. Lifeboats from Lowestoft, Southwold and Gorleston have been involved in the search along with coastguard rescue teams from Southwold and Gorleston. The police helicopter and an RAF Sea King search and rescue helicopter have also been involved in the operation.

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) was called at just before 2.25pm and sent an ambulance, a rapid response car, an ambulance officer, and an East Anglian Air Ambulance to the scene.

A spokesman for the EEAST said: “Several resources were sent to the scene following reports that a man had been found in the water.

“Critical care paramedics and EEAST crews provided advanced life support to the man after he was pulled from the water.

“Unfortunately despite the best efforts of everyone involved, including the RNLI who provided initial life support, the man was pronounced dead. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time.”

All ambulance resources have been stood down from the scene, it is understood.

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