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'Appalling seas' hamper rescue effort at Harwich

The Belgian trawler in heavy seas off the coast of Harwich. Credit: RNLI.

Lifeboat crews had to come to the rescue of a trawler after it got into difficulties in "appalling seas" off the coast of Harwich.

The RNLI launched its all-weather lifeboat at about 12.45am on Friday but did not reached the Belgian beam trawler, which was 30 miles out, until 3.30am.

The volunteer crew battled a force nine gale as it attempted to tow the vessel back to Harwich.

The RNLI described the conditions as "appalling" and said the tow rope snapped three times on the journey back.

The lifeboat eventually returned to Harwich at 11.00am on Saturday.

The RNLI Harwich lifeboat returns to shore. Credit: RNLI.

Gritters out across the Anglia region clearing snow and ice

A few snow showers on the radar at 7am on Tuesday 3 February 2015. Credit: Met Office

Gritting lorries have been out across hundreds of miles of roads across the Anglia region after overnight snow and sub-zero temperatures.

Most schools across the region are unaffected by the weather and are open as usual although some are extending arrival times for pupils.

Temperatures around the Anglia region at 7am on Tuesday

  • -1.7°C in Northampton
  • -1.3°C in Bedford
  • -1.3°C in Stowe, Buckinghamshire
  • -1.0°C in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • -0.8°C in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • -0.7°C in Cambridge
  • -0.6°C in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • -0.5°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • -0.1°C in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • +0.2°C in Norwich
  • +0.5°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk

Your snow updates and pictures on Twitter

People across the Anglia region have been posting pictures of the snow in their area on Twitter.

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Knebworth area near Stevenage in Hertfordshire

St Neots area of Cambridgeshire

Bedfordshire south of Bedford

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