Friday, 18 Sep 2020

Man's body pulled from water after he 'got into difficulty' swimming in heatwave

A swimmer has died after getting ‘into difficulty’ at a beauty spot in Norfolk as temperatures soared today.

A man’s body was pulled from the water at Bawsey Pits near King’s Lynn, police confirmed. 

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 11.30am on Saturday after the man was reported missing. 

Superintendent Malcolm Cooke, from Norfolk Constabulary, said: ‘Colleagues from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and East of England Ambulance Service assisted officers in the search.

‘The body of the man was recovered from the water and he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family at this time.’

Four crews of firefighters used two rigid inflatable boats and a drone to search for any sign of the swimmer after he got into difficulty in the water.   

There have been frequent warnings about the dangers of swimming in the former quarry pits in recent years.

Underwater obstructions and steep sides mean there are sudden changes in depth. Signs are in place warning swimming is banned.

A 16-year-old boy from east London drowned at the pits in July 2013. A local man Ryan Pettegell, 41, also drowned on the same day after he he swam out to look for the missing boy.

The tragedy today happened as temperatures reached highs of 35C in Kent early this afternoon. 

A huge rescue operation got under way at Black Rock Sands beach in Wales after a six-year-old boy was swept out to sea on an inflatable.

He was found lying face down in the water and unconscious by a hero granddad who brought him back to shore, where paramedics were waiting for him to give him oxygen.

He was then airlifted by the Coastguard rescue helicopter to Ysbyty Gwynedd.

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