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Man dies after getting into difficulty at Broads’ staithe

PUBLISHED: 13:54 06 September 2020 | UPDATED: 08:54 16 September 2020

Police remain on scene at Loddon Staithe after an incident during the early hours of the morning. Photo: Archant

Police remain on scene at Loddon Staithe after an incident during the early hours of the morning. Photo: Archant

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A man has died after struggling in water in the Norfolk Broads.

Police remain on scene at Loddon Staithe after an incident during the early hours of the morning. Photo: ArchantPolice remain on scene at Loddon Staithe after an incident during the early hours of the morning. Photo: Archant

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.

The area remains cordoned off to members of the public. Photo: ArchantThe area remains cordoned off to members of the public. Photo: Archant

“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.

The area previously cordoned off by police after an incident at Loddon Staithe. All police tape had been removed by 3pm on Sunday, September 6. Photo: ArchantThe area previously cordoned off by police after an incident at Loddon Staithe. All police tape had been removed by 3pm on Sunday, September 6. Photo: Archant

“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.”

The area previously cordoned off by police after an incident at Loddon Staithe. All police tape had been removed by 3pm on Sunday, September 6. Photo: ArchantThe area previously cordoned off by police after an incident at Loddon Staithe. All police tape had been removed by 3pm on Sunday, September 6. Photo: Archant

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.”

A man died at Loddon Staithe in the early hours of September 6 after slipping off the back of his boat. Photo: GoogleA man died at Loddon Staithe in the early hours of September 6 after slipping off the back of his boat. Photo: Google


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