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Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat crew rescue a man from the sea off Pakefield

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Rescuers were called out after receiving reports that someone was in trouble in the sea off Pakefield near Lowestoft

Lowestoft Lifeboat crew prepare to rescue the man from the sea using the 'A' frame and block and tackle

RNLI / Mick Howes

Lowestoft Lifeboat crew prepare to rescue the man from the sea

Police, a RNLI lifeboat crew, Coastguard Rescue teams and the East of England Ambulance service responded to the call to the incident offshore adjacent to Pakefield Church.

Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat Coxswain John Fox said “Our volunteer crew was called at 8.25pm and soon headed to the beach at Pakefield where we were given directions to the where the person had been seen.

We then located a man about a quarter of a mile offshore and threw a floatation aid to him. One of the crew lowered himself over the side and encouraged the man to place the rescue strop around himself and with the ‘A’ Frame and block and tackle we winched him out of the water and onto the deck.

He said that he had been in the water some time and was getting cold so we wrapped him in a blanket and brought him into the wheelhouse where we turned the heaters on to warm him before speeding back to the lifeboat station where an ambulance crew were waiting to attend to him.

By coincidence we had been out on our regular training session this morning and were practising this very life saving method with a dummy – so it just shows the value of rehearsing rescue techniques.”

This was the second time that the lifeboat crew had been called into action over the weekend after a yacht suffered engine failure and called for help the previous day. The 40 foot vessel was struggling to make headway against the tide and drifting towards a sandbank. The yacht was towed safely into harbour by Lowestoft Lifeboat.

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Mick Howes, Lowestoft RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
01502 562488 / 07814 468917 email mickhowes@hotmail.com

Clare Hopps RNLI Regional Media Officer (North East & East), Tel 07824 518641 Clare_Hopps@rnli.org.uk

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For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789.

Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat 'Patsy Knight' heads towards the person in the sea off Pakefield

RNLI / Mick Howes

Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat 'Patsy Knight' heads towards the person in the sea off Pakefield
Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat tows the yacht with engine failure in port

RNLI / Mick Howes

Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat tows the yacht with engine failure in port
Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat tows the yacht with engine failure in port

RNLI / Mick Howes

Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat tows the yacht with engine failure in port

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