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Man dies after being pulled from the water off Essex coast

The crew of the Clacton lifeboat on an earlier rescue mission. Credit: RNLI

A 59-year-old man has died after being pulled from the water off the Essex coast near Clacton-on-Sea.

A lifeboat from the RNIL and vessels from Essex Police marine unit were called to Lee-Over-Sands after a man was reported overboard from a boat on Saturday 8 April.

It was reported that the man was not responding after going into the water at about 1.13pm.

He was pulled from the water and emergency crews started first aid as they headed to Brightlingsea harbour.

The man, who was not breathing, was taken to hospital by the East of England ambulance service, but attempts to save his life were unsuccessful.

The RNLI and police marine units were called to the incident off Lee-Over-Sands near Clacton.

The vessel and its three other occupants were towed to Brightlingsea by the other Essex Police marine unit vessel.

“The thoughts of everyone at Clacton Lifeboat Station are with the friends and family of the man and those who were involved in the incident.

“It was heart-breaking that despite excellent teamwork from all the services involved that the man’s life could not be saved.”

– spokesman for Clacton RNLI