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Hopton cliff rescue drama

PUBLISHED: 10:10 22 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:52 05 July 2010

A FULL-scale search was launched at 2am today after two sea anglers heard the distressed call of a woman at Hopton.

The coastguard mobilised its Gorleston and Lowestoft teams to search the beach and cliffs while Gorleston lifeboat was launched to survey the sea close to shore.

A FULL-scale search was launched at 2am today after two sea anglers heard the distressed call of a woman at Hopton.

The coastguard mobilised its Gorleston and Lowestoft teams to search the beach and cliffs while Gorleston lifeboat was launched to survey the sea close to shore.

A 26-year-old local woman was eventually found at 3.30am on Gorleston golf course by a security guard from Hopton Holiday Village who had joined the search.

The coastguard teams administered first aid to the woman, who was suffering from hypothermia, and then carried her in their four-wheel drive vehicle to a waiting ambulance.

It is thought the woman had gone for a walk on the beach after spending the evening at a local night spot.

She was taken to Gorleston's James Paget University Hospital and treated for hypothermia, her body core temperature having dropped to 32.5C.

Hospital staff said if she had not been found she might have been dead within two hours because of the severe weather.

Yarmouth coastguard watch manager Dave Moore said: “With a wind chill of about -6C and with the strong wind and higher than usual tide, the beach was a very hostile environment.

“If it was not for the vigilance of the security guard at Hopton and the two anglers the outcome could have been much worse.”

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