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Cargo ship on fire off Norfolk coast

Two Coastguard helicopters, a lifeboat and two other vessels are assisting the crew of a ship which is on fire off Cromer. Credit: HM Coastguard

Two Coastguard helicopters, a lifeboat and two other vessels are currently dealing with a ship fire off the coast of Cromer.

The seven crew of the ship are currently still on board and trying to keep the fire under control. An additional Coastguard rescue helicopter from Humberside is on scene along with the Cromer RNLI Lifeboat.

The UK Coastguard received a mayday message, broadcast at 5.20 this morning to report that the vessel, which is carrying wheat to Rotterdam, had a fire in its accommodation.

"The crew are still on board the vessel and keeping the fire under control. However, we have a rescue helicopter hovering above as well as a lifeboat on scene so that, should the need arise, they can evacuate the ship.

"The Humberside Fire and Rescue fire fighting crew will be on scene soon and will assess the fire at that point.”

– Ian Guy, UK Coastguard
The ship with a cargo of wheat was heading for Rotterdam. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A mayday relay message was immediately broadcast and several vessels responded offering their assistance.

Two of these are now on scene with the vessel.

Four teenagers and young girl rescued from the sea off Cromer

An ambulance at the scene in Cromer yesterday. Credit: RNLI

Lifeguards have rescued four teenagers who were swept out to sea and an 11-year-old who broke her leg in Cromer.

A lifeguard found the girl, who was lying in an awkward position on the seaweed covered pathway beneath the pier.

Later in the day, four teenagers were also rescued in the same area.

RNLI lifeguards spotted the teens in difficulty as they were caught in a current drifting towards Cromer pier yesterday afternoon (August 6).

The group were paddled to safety. No one else was hurt.

Police in Norfolk "increasingly concerned" about missing Sheringham man

The man was last seen near the train station in Cromer. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Norfolk say that they're getting "increasingly concerned" about a man from Sheringham who hasn't been seen since Tuesday (28 July).

29-year-old Chris Walmsey was last seen in Cromer near to the train station at about 3pm.

No one has seen or heard from him since.

He is described as white, 5ft 9, of medium to small build, with pale skin and short blond hair.

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Cromer's 'End of the Pier' show is only one left in Europe

The Cromer 'End of the Pier' show is the only one of its kind left in Europe Credit: The Cromer Pier Show

This year's 'End of the Pier' show at Cromer has been launched at a special preview event.

It's the only show of its kind left in Europe and runs from June to September.

There are more than 150 costumes involved in the show, more than 100kg of glitter and 220 metres of LED lights on the stage sets.

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