Man dies after getting into difficulty at Broads’ staithe
PUBLISHED: 13:54 06 September 2020 | UPDATED: 08:54 16 September 2020
A man has died after struggling in water in the Norfolk Broads.
Police, ambulance, fire service and rescue teams were all called to Loddon staithe at around 1.45am on Sunday following reports that a man was facing difficulty in the water after falling from his boat.
Attempts were made to resuscitate the man but he was pronounced dead on scene.
Inspector Steve Grant said: “We got the call at 1.39am this morning and got there within 10 minutes.
“The fire service and ambulance were also called to assist with the operation.
“Police returned to the scene at 7am to investigate. The area remains cordoned off while we continue our enquiries.”
Simon Peck, landlord at The White Horse pub nearby, cycled past the scene at 2am.
He said: “I was returning from a friend’s house at about 2am as I’d been looking after her kids for her.
“The scene was so chaotic - there was at least 13 different emergency vehicles there - rescue teams, the coastguard, ambulance and police.
“It was like Casualty - or something straight from the television. It was quite frightening.
“There was a big pole stationed in the car park over the staithe so that they could light the area to assist with the rescue.
“I didn’t hang around for long because it seemed very serious.
“Police asked me for my details and told me to move on.”
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service sent appliances from Carrow and Loddon along with a rescue boat.
They confirmed that they were on scene for an hour and a half, leaving at 2.37am.
Nearby shop owners said that two police cars along with officers are still stationed at the staithe on Sunday afternoon.
Mr Peck said: “I cycled past the staithe this morning and they were there then. They’re still there now.”
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