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Man dies in the water near Clacton Pier

PUBLISHED: 15:43 10 August 2020 | UPDATED: 18:37 10 August 2020

A man in his 60s died after an incident in the waters off the coast of Clacton-on-Sea. Picture: RYAN STACEY

A man in his 60s died after an incident in the waters off the coast of Clacton-on-Sea. Picture: RYAN STACEY

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A man in his 60s has died after being pulled from the water near to Clacton Pier.

The air ambulance  on the beach in Clacton-on-Sea following the incident. Picture: RYAN STACEYThe air ambulance on the beach in Clacton-on-Sea following the incident. Picture: RYAN STACEY

Paramedics and an air ambulance attended on Monday morning, but the man could not be saved.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “We were called just after 10.30am on Monday after reports that a man in his 60s had been found just off Clacton Pier in the water.

“He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

“We are treating this as unexplained but not suspicious at this stage. Inquires are ongoing.”

The incident happened near to Clacton Pier. Picture: TENDRING DISTRICT COUNCILThe incident happened near to Clacton Pier. Picture: TENDRING DISTRICT COUNCIL

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Two ambulances, an ambulance officer vehicle, a Hazard Area Response Team Vehicle and Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance were called to Marine Parade, Clacton-on-Sea on Monday morning following reports of a man being found in the water.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts of all involved, the patient had died at the scene.”

In August 2019 two children and a teenage boy got into difficulty swimming near a groyne on the same beach before they had to be rescued. The teenager and one of the children died as a result.

An inquest found that siblings Malika Shamas, 14, and Haider Ali, 18, had died from drowning and pneumonia.

The pair had travelled to the beach with family members from their home in Luton for a day at the seaside.

In July 2018 15-year-old Clacton boy Ben Quartermaine also got into difficulty while in the water.

He was missing for two days before his body was found by a member of the public early on a Saturday morning.

In the wake of his death a programme of swim safety lessons were introduced for youngsters in the Tendring area.

In December 2018, Graeme Richardson, a member of the Tendring Water Safety Forum and area lifesaving manager for the RNLI, was keen to emphasise how important the lessons could be.

He said: “The sea can be a very beautiful place, especially over the summer, but it is all too easy to forget just how dangerous it can also be.

“There are a number of different things to think about when on the beach or swimming in the sea such as tide times and wave patterns.

“Swim Safe sessions are just one way in which we can remind our young people to stay safe and treat the sea with respect.”


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