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New Year's Day dip in the sea to raise cash for RNLI

Dozens have taken a New Year's Day dip in the chilly sea at Sheringham, Norfolk. Credit: North Norfolk Police

More than a hundred brave souls have taken a New Year's Day dip in the chilly waters of the North Sea off Norfolk to raise cash for Sheringham lifeboat.

The swimmers took to the water at 1am in support of the RNLI.

Sheringham on the north Norfolk coast near Cromer has had a lifeboat station for nearly 170 years. It was the first station to receive a B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat.

The New Year's Day dip at Sheringham, Norfolk was in aid of the town's RNLI lifeboat. Credit: North Norfolk Police

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Man dies after falling from boat off Essex coast

Man dies off the coast of Essex

A man has died after falling from a boat in the sea in Essex.

Clacton lifeboat crew was called to the scene around three miles off the coast of Lee-Over-Sands near St Osyth at around 1.15 on Saturday.

Police Marine rescue units were also involved in the rescue attempt. The man, who was 59, was pulled from the water but wasn't breathing. He was taken to hospital but later died.

The vessel and its three other occupants were towed to Brightlingsea by an Essex Police marine vessel.

A spokesman for Clacton RNLI said:

The thoughts of everyone at Clacton Lifeboat Station are with the friends and family of the man and those who were involved in the incident. We would like to thank all the emergency services, including Clacton Coastguard, Walton Coastguard, Essex Police, the East of England Ambulance, First Responders, the Air Ambulance and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter, for their efforts It was heart-breaking that despite excellent teamwork from all the services involved that the man’s life could not be saved.”

– Clacton RNLI Spokesman
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