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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.

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.

Read more: Rescue underway for two missing in charity swim



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.

IPCC will investigate police visit to young mum

Suffolk Police has confirmed that the Independents Police Complaints Commission is to investigate claims that police officers visited Fiona Anderson the day before her death.

A spokesman said the officers spoke to her via intercom after reports that a man had been stabbed near her home by an unknown offender.

Post mortem tests on Ms Anderson's three children have proved inconclusive and further tests will be conducted.

Family: 'We believe Fiona was driven to her actions'

Suffolk Police have released a tribute from the family of Fiona Anderson following her death in Lowestoft on Monday.

Fiona was a beautiful, intelligent girl and a loving and caring person, but she had suffered from mental illness since she was young and we believe she was driven to her actions yesterday.

This was not our Fiona - she was not herself.

She cared passionately about others but often brought stress on herself by caring too much.

She was gentle but ended up under too much pressure.

As a family we were close but she would often push us away, keen to do her own thing and not to listen when we offered support.

Life was sometimes overwhelming for her.

She was really popular but just didn't believe she was and had forgotten there were people there that could help her.

We wish more had been done to recognise her mental health problems, which could be masked by her intelligence and creativity.

She would often make costumes for the children, who she loved very much.

– Statement issued by Suffolk police on behalf of Fiona Anderson's family
  • For help and advice relating to this issue you can contact the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 in the UK or 1850 60 9090 in the Republic of Ireland.
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