Rescue operation after charity swim

A major rescue operation is taking place off the coast of Southwold in Suffolk after reports of a swimmer missing following a charity swim race.

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Charity swim would be 'postponed' if swim was unsafe

A major rescue operation is underway after reports that one person is missing off the coast of Southwold after a charity swim. The race started at midday today at the pier on the Suffolk coast. Under the charity the swim rules included:

  • Competitors will begin with a run from the beach into the sea and head off to the direction of the first turn buoy.
  • Swimmers would need to swim around orange and yellow buoys
  • Competitors were to exit the water on to the beach with a short run to the finish line on the beach marked with banner flags
  • In the event that conditions made the swim unsafe then the event will postponed to a later date.

Swimmer missing after charity race

A major search and rescue operation is under way after a swimmer has gone missing in a charity race according to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

One person remains unaccounted for after earlier reports that 90 people had not checked in after the race off the coast of Southwold.

Four lifeboats and a rescue helicopter were involved in the operation after being called at ten past one.

Two people were taken to Paget University Hospital in Gorleston with suspected hypothermia, the spokeswoman added.

Coastguards are now urging any swimmers involved in the race who have not reported to them to get in contact.

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