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Missing man found following extensive search

PUBLISHED: 12:49 14 May 2019 | UPDATED: 16:27 14 May 2019

An extensive search was carried out along the River Waveney for a missing man. Picture: Nick Butcher

An extensive search was carried out along the River Waveney for a missing man. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A cruiser stranded in reeds prompted a major multi-agency search for a man who had gone missing from the vessel on the River Waveney.

Emergency services were called out about 9pm on Saturday evening (May 11) following reports that a man was missing.

With the cruiser stranded near North Cove, the HM coastguard rescue helicopter, Hemsby's Broads Lifeboat, the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service drone, a police drone and the police dog unit were all involved in an extensive search on the River Waveney along with coastguard rescue offcers and police officers.

In a post on its Facebook page, Hemsby Lifeboat's broads lifeboat launched at the Waveney River Centre and proceeded to the search area.

They said: "After a short while HM Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 163 arrived on scene using specialist thermal imaging equipment to search the area. "Hemsby Broads Lifeboat conducted a low level search of areas under trees and dense reed beds."

A post on the HM Coastguard Gorleston Facebook page said the team was tasked along with the Lowestoft coastguard rescue team in the search for the missing man.

They said: "A 28-year-old man had left the vessel and was later found to be heading home."

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