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Inquest to hear how swimmer drowned in riptide off busy Norfolk beach

Leszek Puchala was on holiday visiting his son when he died. Credit: Twitter/‏@willlane1982

Details of how a swimmer drowned in a riptide off a busy Norfolk beach are expected to be heard at an inquest.

52-year-old Leszek Puchala, who's from Poland, was on holiday visiting his son who lives in England.

The family were at Sea Palling beach, 15 miles north west of Great Yarmouth, when the tragedy unfolded on 23 July.

Mr Puchala got into difficulty in the water. He was recovered from the sea but was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sea Palling is a popular beach in Norfolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A second man, aged in his 20s, was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and survived.

The family were reportedly shouting for help in Polish, but as other beachgoers did not understand the language it took several minutes before they realised the shouts were of panic.

The tragedy prompted Norfolk Police to issue safety advice - urging anyone caught in a rip current not to fight it, but to swim with the current until free of it then return to shore.

The inquest is expected to be heard at Norfolk Coroner's Court in Norwich today.

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