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A man has died after falling from a boat in the sea in Essex.
Clacton lifeboat crew was called to the scene around three miles off the coast of Lee-Over-Sands near St Osyth at around 1.15 on Saturday.
Police Marine rescue units were also involved in the rescue attempt. The man, who was 59, was pulled from the water but wasn't breathing. He was taken to hospital but later died.
The vessel and its three other occupants were towed to Brightlingsea by an Essex Police marine vessel.
A spokesman for Clacton RNLI said:
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. We would like to thank all the emergency services, including Clacton Coastguard, Walton Coastguard, Essex Police, the East of England Ambulance, First Responders, the Air Ambulance and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter, for their efforts It was heart-breaking that despite excellent teamwork from all the services involved that the man’s life could not be saved.”
A couple and their two dogs had to be rescued from the north Norfolk marshes last night after being cut off by the tide.
The pair had wandered out to East Hills, between Wells and Stiffkey, at about 4pm on Saturday.
But once the sun went down the couple became disorientated and could not find their way back.
By 10.26pm, the tide had trapped them and the RNLI lifeboat at Wells had to be called.
The crew, which headed out via Wells Quay, was guided by the couple's son who was able to point them in the right direction using a powerful torch.
All three, and their dogs, were taken back to the safety of the coastal path. A spokesman for the lifeboat crew said it was thought the family were visiting the area.
"Fortunately they had come to no harm and did not require any medical assistance."
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A sailor was thrown ashore after his yacht crashed into groynes on the north Norfolk coast.
Happisburgh's lifeboat crew were called on Saturday morning by the coastguard.
The yacht had been sailing from Hull to the Thames Estuary when its engine failed and he ran into the groynes.
The lone sailor had been thrown ashore by the force of the impact.
A yacht heading into Wells Harbour had to be towed to shore after its engine failed last night.
The yacht Summer Wind of Portsmouth had been on a passage from Bridlington to the south coast and was trying to stopover in Wells.
Wells Inshore Lifeboat was paged at 10:47pm and launched at 11:00pm, arriving on scene four minutes later.
The lifeboat crew found that the yacht had run hard aground and could not be re-floated until the morning tide.
The crew attempted to repair the engine but found it would only idle and not take any load. It was decided to tow the yacht into Wells harbour and moor her in the outer harbour. No one was hurt in the incident.
“Visiting vessels entering Wells Harbour should contact them either by phone or on VHF channel 12 prior to making an approach, especially during the hours of darkness. There is a free pilot service into the harbour."
A mystery canoe which washed up on a Norfolk beach sparked a sea search yesterday afternoon.
The Wells lifeboat was launched following the discovery at Holkham but was stood down at 4.30pm after failing to find anyone.
"It must be presumed, and we hope, that the mystery of the empty canoe found on Holkham beach has a simple explanation and that the canoeists have made their own way ashore safely."
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A lifeboat crew came to the rescue of a man on the north Norfolk coast after he was cut off by the tide.
A member of the public raised the alarm after shouts were heard coming from across the narrow channel entering Wells Harbour.
The coastguard was alerted at about 8.15pm on Friday, an hour after high water.
Wells RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched and found the man within a few minutes.