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Man dies at Bawsey Pits

Police have confirmed that a man has died at Bawsey Pits after getting in trouble in the water.

A statement released this afternoon said: "Emergency services were called to the location at around 11.30am this morning to reports of a man missing after getting into difficulty in the water.

Supt Malcolm Cooke 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.”

Enquiries continue into the circumstances surrounding the death.

Hundreds of people were taking advantage of the warm sunshine to enjoy the delights of the area and they witnessed as emergency services took an inflatable boat off a vehicle to take into the water to begin a search of the area.

A drone was also being used in the rescue operation around the lake.

Bawsey Country Park was the scene of a double tragedy back in July 2013 when a 16-year-old boy from East London drowned. On the same day, local man Ryan Pettegell, 41, also drowned, as he swam out looking for the missing boy.

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


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