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RNLI: Swimmer 'called for help' during charity race

Around 58 people were rescued from the sea after getting into difficulty during a charity swim off the coast of Southwold in Suffolk, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) said.

Lifeguards helped a further 27 people who were unable to continue swimming against the strong tide.

Simon Callaghan, helmsman at Southwold RNLI, said:

We were out on a regular Sunday exercise when we heard a swimmer calling for help. After that we had one of the busiest times I can remember, rescuing 58 people altogether.

Our volunteer crew, the lifeguards and other rescue teams involved all responded brilliantly and may have averted what could have become a much more serious incident.

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Maritime agency: No reported fatalities in charity swim

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has said it is unclear how swimmers taking part in a charity race off the coast of Southwold in Suffolk got into trouble as weather conditions were fine but the water was "very cold".

Some swimmers were rescued by lifeboats while a number of people swam to the shore themselves, she added. There has been no reported fatalities the MCA spokeswoman said.

We're still trying to account for two people 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

Dozens pulled from sea by lifeboats after two missing

Four lifeboats and a rescue helicopter are involved in an operation off the coast of Southwold in Suffolk after dozens of people taking part in a charity race had to be pulled from the sea, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.

Two people remain unaccounted for after more than 130 swimmers got into difficulty earlier today, an MCA spokeswoman said.

Two people were taken to Paget University Hospital in Great Yarmouth 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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Charity swim would be 'postponed' if swim was unsafe

A major rescue operation is underway after reports that at least two people are missing off the coast of Southwold after a charity swim. The race was due to start at midday today at Southwold Pier off the Suffolk coast. Under the charity swim rules, it included:

  • Competitors will begin with a run from the beach into the sea and head off to the direction of the first turn buoy.
  • Swimmers would need to swim around orange and yellow buoys during the mile-long course.
  • Competitors were to exit the water on to the beach with a short run to the finish line on the beach marked with banner flags.
  • In the event that conditions made the swim unsafe then the event will postponed to a later date.
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Police officially name children found dead in Lowestoft

Police have officially confirmed the names of the three children found dead at a home in Lowestoft on Monday.

Following formal identification procedures, police confirmed the names as:

  • Levina Anderson, aged three
  • Addy Anderson, aged two
  • Kyden Anderson, aged 11 months

Post mortem examinations have been conducted on the three children. In all three cases, the cause of death was unascertained and further tests will be required.

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Police release new images of Lowestoft mum

Fiona Anderson Credit: Suffolk Police

Detectives investigating the deaths of Fiona Anderson and her three children say they are pleased with the response from local people after releasing new CCTV images.

The images show Fiona, 23, at two locations in Lowestoft just hours before she was found dead near the multi-storey car park in Gordon Road.

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