Diver dies off Norfolk coast

An investigation is continuing into the death of diver off the Norfolk and Suffolk coast.

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Victim of Suffolk diving tragedy named

A diver who died after off the coast of Suffolk on Friday has been named as Christopher Vanstone.

Mr Vanstone, who was 49 and from Brixton in London, had been diving about 17 miles offshore when he encountered problems.

A second diver helped to bring him to the surface but lifeboat crews from Great Yarmouth said he was unconscious and was not breathing.

Mr Vanstone was airlifted to the James Paget Hospital at Gorleston, Norfolk, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Suffolk Police said a post mortem examination carried out at the weekend had confirmed he died from drowning.

Officers said there were no suspicious circumstances following the death and that Mr Vanstone's fellow divers, and those on board the boat, had made "extensive efforts to save his life".

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Dead diver was '49-year-old man from Brixton'

A man who died in a diving incident off the coast of Lowestoft in Suffolk is thought to be a 49-year-old man from Brixton in London.

Police were contacted at around 3.30pm yesterday to reports that a diver had died and was being airlifted to the James Paget Hospital at Gorleston.

The incident happened about 17 miles offshore.

A second diver brought ashore by the Gorleston lifeboat was taken to the James Paget Hospital for assessment but was later discharged.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing. Officers have already spoken to the other six people onboard the boat at the time.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Diver dies off Norfolk coast

A diver has died after being pulled from the sea off the coast of Great Yarmouth

A diver has died after being pulled from the sea off the coast of Norfolk this afternoon.

The Great Yarmouth lifeboat was called out at about 2pm to a diving boat 17 miles offshore.

A man had got into trouble while under water and was quickly brought to the surface by another diver.

Lifeboat crews said he was unconscious and not breathing and resuscitation attempts failed.

Neal Duffield, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Lifeboat operations manager, said it was not yet known how the diver had got into trouble. He said: "Something happened on the way down. They hadn't been in long."

The rescue helicopter airlifted the man to the James Paget Hospital at Gorleston. The second diver was also taken to hospital but was due to be discharged this evening.

Police said the diving boat was on a recreational trip with seven people on board and had set off from Lowestoft this morning.

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