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Man, 70, nearly drowns after getting caught in strong current

PUBLISHED: 14:51 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:16 26 July 2018

Coastguard crews from Lowestoft and Aldeburgh were called to Sizewell Gap Beach. Photo: HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold.

Coastguard crews from Lowestoft and Aldeburgh were called to Sizewell Gap Beach. Photo: HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold.

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A 70-year-old man was rescued from the sea by members of the public after getting caught in a strong current.

At around 2.30pm yesterday afternoon the man got into difficulties when swimming off Sizewell Gap Beach, in Leiston.

Coastguard crews from Lowestoft and Aldeburgh were called to help the ambulance service transport the man off the beach to a waiting ambulance where he was taken to hospital.

Rescue officer David Burwood said: “He got into difficulties in the water as he struggled to get out of the current and started to ingest water.

“Members of the public helped him get back to shore but there was a worry he could suffer from secondary drowning.

“This is where people can drown out of the sea as they still have water on their lungs.”

“We used our basket stretcher to take him from the beach to the ambulance.

Mr Burwood added: “As guidance we would always recommend that people swim on a lifeguarded beach.

“We wish the gentleman a speedy recovery.”

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