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Final Latitude preparations underway ahead of the weekend

The Latitude Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk Credit: PA Images

Final preparations are taking place today near Southwold for the start of this year's Latitude festival.

The organisers say tickets for Saturday have all sold out. It's the 8th year the music and arts event has been held at Henham Park.

Thousands of festival goers will start arriving at the site later today.

Cameron pays tribute to Suffolk rescuers

David Cameron has paid tribute to the lifeboat crew which helped to rescue dozens of swimmers in Southwold last week.

During Prime Minister's Questions, he said that the RNLI should be treated as an emergency service after Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey asked him to join her in thanking the volunteers.

Hundreds of swimmers got into trouble during the Southwold Pub to Pier swim after the tide suddenly turned.

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Major rescue operation following charity swim

The swimmers got into trouble off the coast of Southwold, Suffolk

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.

Coastguards say missing swimmer is from Kettering area

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.

"If she has returned home without informing the coastguard, we are asking her to contact Humberside Coastguard on 01262 672317

– Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson

Coastguard appeals to swimmer to get in touch

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has appealed to the one swimmer left unaccounted for off Southwold to get in touch. She said it was unclear how the swimmers got into difficulties but added that the water was very cold.

Some swimmers were rescued by lifeboat while a number swam to shore themselves.

Everyone pulled from the water so far has been conscious and there have been no reported fatalities. We're still trying to account for one person who started the race.

If they have returned home without informing the coastguard, we are asking them to contact Humberside Coastguard on 01262 672317."

– Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson

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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