ITV's Lauren Carter reports on how a charity swim off Southwold turned into an offshore drama when swimmers began to struggle against fast-flowing tides.
Swimmer Darren Skidmore talks about his rescue from the sea off Southwold and how swimmers taking part in the Pier to Pub Swim struggled against the tide.
These pictures taken by lifeboat crews from Aldeburgh show the search for swimmers off Southwold. Four crews pulled more than 50 from the water as they struggled with tides and cold water in the Pier to Pub sea swim.
Dozens of swimmers are recovering after getting into trouble during a charity swim off the Suffolk coast. Four lifeboats and an air-sea rescue helicopter were called out to Southwold yesterday, when the swimmers were reported missing. They were all eventually found safe and well.
The one remaining woman missing after the Southwold sea swim has been accounted for.
A major air sea rescue operation involving four lifeboats, an RAF search and rescue helicopter and coastguards is now being scaled down.
A swimmer unaccounted for after a sea swim off Southwold is said to be from the Kettering area. Coastguards have urged the woman to contact them if she managed to leave the water safely.
– Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson
"If she has returned home without informing the coastguard, we are asking her to contact Humberside Coastguard on 01262 672317
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.
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.