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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.


Pier pavillion set to become luxury hotel

The pavillion on Southwold Pier Credit: ITV News Anglia

The owners of Southwold Pier have announced that they've sold it to a hotel group.

Gough Hotels Limited have bought the leisure pier for an undisclosed sum. Plans to turn the pavillion into a 30-bedroom luxury hotel were given the go-ahead in December 2010.

Gough Hotels own the Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds and the Salthouse Harbour Hotel in Ipswich.

The current pier owners, Stephen and Antonia Bournes, bought it in March 2005 and have transformed it into a thriving attraction, attracting more than 750,000 visitors a year.

The pier is currently the second biggest employer in Southwold and has 45 full-time staff, which rises to 95 people in the summer season.

Police want help to find missing Suffolk man

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 79-year-old man from Southwold.

David Franckeiss left his home in Mill Lane, Southwold, to attend a doctors appointment yesterday, Friday 9th November. He was at the surgery at around 5.30pm, but has not been seen since.

His car was found at Southwold Harbour on Ferry Road. The Police helicopter and the Coastguard Service have carried out extensive searches in the area.

Mr Franckeiss is described as white, around 6’1”, with short, brown hair. He was wearing brown corduroy trousers and a black coat.

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