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Call sparks three-hour sea search

PUBLISHED: 19:04 17 August 2010 | UPDATED: 09:49 16 September 2010

Police, lifeboat and coastguard teams carried out a three-hour search after someone reported seeing a person in the water close to Benacre sluice near Lowestoft today.

Police, lifeboat and coastguard teams carried out a three-hour search after someone reported seeing a person in the water in the Benacre sluice area today.

Suffolk police were initially contacted about the sighting early this morning (Tuesday).

Great Yarmouth coastguard were called for assistance and then the Lowestoft and Southwold coastguard teams were paged to attend the Kessingland beach and Benacre sluice area.

A beach search was carried out to the north and south of the sluice and Southwold and Lowestoft lifeboats undertook an inshore search of the sea.

A spokesman for the police said that after a thorough three-hour search, it was called off. The person who initially made the call was also taken to the spot.

He said: “There was one single report initially this morning and that was it.

“There was a thorough land search with a helicopter and the coastguard and they all searched for three hours.

“There were no further sightings.”


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