RAF join shoreline missing man search

A CHOPPER crew from Wattisham airfield was involved in the rescue of a man off the Norfolk coast.

A CHOPPER crew from Wattisham airfield was involved in the rescue of a man off the Norfolk coast.

Police took a call before 9pm last night from someone who had spoken to the distressed man on the phone but was unable to tell where he was.

The caller reported hearing water in the background during their conversation and a rescue operation was mounted off the shores of Walcott and Bacton, near Keswick.

Happisburgh and Mundesley lifeboats were launched as a crew from Wattisham flew in to join the search.

At around 10.30pm the man was found alive in the water and taken into shore by police.

Earlier Wattisham were called to help Essex Fire Brigade haul three people to safety from a sinking car.

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The rescue helicopter was sent at around 3.30pm to a ford on the River Wid, halfway between Ingatestone and Billericay, where three people were trapped inside a car.

The helicopter arrived on scene but was stood down as fire units managed to evacuate the occupants using a dinghy.