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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

Couple and two dogs cut off by the tide on Norfolk coast

A couple and their dogs had to be rescued from the north Norfolk coast. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A couple and their two dogs had to be rescued from the north Norfolk marshes last night after being cut off by the tide.

The pair had wandered out to East Hills, between Wells and Stiffkey, at about 4pm on Saturday.

But once the sun went down the couple became disorientated and could not find their way back.

By 10.26pm, the tide had trapped them and the RNLI lifeboat at Wells had to be called.

The crew, which headed out via Wells Quay, was guided by the couple's son who was able to point them in the right direction using a powerful torch.

All three, and their dogs, were taken back to the safety of the coastal path. A spokesman for the lifeboat crew said it was thought the family were visiting the area.

"Fortunately they had come to no harm and did not require any medical assistance."

– Wells Inshore Lifeboat.
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