Swimmer missing at sea and five others pulled from water after getting into difficulty near Clacton Pier | UK News
A man is missing at sea and five others have been pulled from the water close to Clacton Pier in Essex, the coastguard has said.
Emergency services have been called to the scene and a major search and rescue operation is underway to find the man after six people got into difficulty off the coast.
Nigel Brown, communications manager for Clacton Pier, said the current “dragged” a group towards the pier.
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It comes as a man in his 20s died while swimming in a lake at Cotswold Water Park in Wiltshire.
Police were called shortly after 6pm on Monday but the man was confirmed dead shortly after being pulled from the water.
Staff threw lifebelt rings over the side to help some of those in trouble, he said.
Mr Brown continued: “Eight of them were in the water but my understanding is four or five got into difficulty.
“My understanding is one person was missing.
“The group that were in the water were very worried about one person they couldn’t see and were saying, ‘There’s one missing’.
“As far as I know, that person’s still missing. They’ve had the helicopter up.”
Mr Brown said it was “difficult to tell their ages” but he believed some were in their late teens and early 20s and fully clothed.
Essex Police said: “We’re on the scene assisting emergency services colleagues with a serious and ongoing incident close to Clacton Pier.
“There is a significant emergency services presence in the area while the incident is being dealt with. We’ll provide an update as soon as we practically can.”
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HM Coastguard said it was responding to “a report of multiple people in the water”.
A spokesman said: “HM Coastguard is currently responding to an incident at Clacton Pier following a report of multiple people in the water.
“Clacton beach patrol, the RNLI lifeboat from Clacton and Coastguard rescue teams from Clacton, Walton and Holbrook have been sent to help, as well as the Coastguard rescue helicopter from Lydd.
“Essex Police, Essex Fire Service and Essex Ambulance Service are also attending.
“Five people have been rescued, with the search still ongoing for a sixth man.”
Officials have been warning about the risks of extreme temperatures, with at least four people losing their lives since Saturday.
A 14-year-old is missing in the River Thames in London, while a 13-year-old died on Monday after he got into trouble while swimming in a Northumberland river.
Another boy, 16, also died on Monday in Bray Lake in Berkshire, while a 50-year-old lost his life at Ardsley Reservoir in Yorkshire.
A 16-year-old boy died after he was seen struggling in the water at Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, on Saturday.