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Storm topples tree through kitchen window

Last night's storm sent a willow tree crashing through the kitchen window of one woman's home in Ixworth, Suffolk.

Nicola Barwick said she had only just moved into the house as a temporary measure after her home was twice flooded.

The top of a willow tree snapped off during the storm Credit: Nicola Barwick
The tree smashed a kitchen window Credit: Nicola Barwick
Part of the tree is embedded in the wall of the building Credit: Nicola Barwick

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.


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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