UK: Major search after man dies in incident off Lowestoft – Updated 100314 1807z


Lowestoft lifeboat (Photo: Scott Snowling/

Humber Coastguard are coordinating a major search off Lowestoft this afternoon.
They received a 999 call from a member of the public just before 2pm today reporting a person in the water and an overturned boat at Ness Point.
RNLI Lifeboats from Lowestoft, Southwold and Gorleston, along with Lowestoft Coastguard Rescue Team and Suffolk Police are on scene.  An RAF Rescue helicopter is also attending.
A commercial windfarm vessel which was in the area is assisting. – MCA Monday, 10 March 2014 1625z

Press Reports

Major search launched after man pulled from the sea at Lowestoft

“The Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat was called out at about 2pm to reports of debris in the water near to Ness Point and the Orbis building.

The lifeboat conducted a search of the area and travelled south along the coast in the direction of the tide before spotting the casualty between the South Pier and the Claremont Pier.

The man was brought on board the lifeboat where the crew administered first aid before transferring the casualty to the ambulance service.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance also attended the scene.

The man was wearing a buoyancy aid and is believed to have been in a rigid inflatable boat.

An RNLI spokesman said it was possible that there were other people in the boat and a major search has been launched for further casualties.

The Lowestoft and Southwold lifeboats are currently searching the area and the Lowestoft Coastguard has requested assistance from the coastguard teams at Gorleston and Southwold.” – greatyarmouthmercury

Video from the search at Lowestoft (from MCA):

Update 1757z:

Man dies after incident off the coast at Lowestoft

“A man has died following an incident off the coast at Lowestoft this afternoon.

Around 2pm today, Monday 10 March,  a police officer in Whapload Road was flagged down by a member of the public who reported they could see a person in the sea off Wilde Street, near the sea wall.

The coastguard were alerted, the lifeboat attended and around 2.25pm a man was located in the water. 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 & 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.” – Marius West (on  Sudbury RUFC page)

A man has died and two more people are feared missing following an incident off the coast of Lowestoft this afternoon (Video of lifeboat search)

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