Swimmer Dies, Another Hospitalised, After Rip-Tide Horror

A 54-year-old swimmer has died and two others are in hospital after four people got into difficulties after getting caught in a rip tide off a Norfolk beach.1swimEmergency services were called to the water’s edge at Sea Palling, 15 miles northwest of Great Yarmouth, after the alarm was raised shortly before 11.45am on Saturday. Coastguards said that they received “multiple 999 calls” about a “small group” that was in trouble in the water.

As many as 10 people were in the water, but it is not clear how many of them were in distress and how many were people who went to their aid a Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said. All the swimmers were recovered.

Tim Ash, from the RNLI, said: “Two of the lifeguards were on the shoreline and they ran down – when they got there the four casualties were all on land. A 26-year-old male was not breathing and a 54-year-old male was not breathing. Both had been pulled out by members of the public.”

CPR was immediately given to both men – and two other casualties were later checked over by paramedics.