Norfolk

Search suspended for scuba diver missing off Norfolk coast

Raider V
Image caption The divers had been aboard the Raider V boat

A search operation for a scuba diver who went missing in the North Sea has been suspended by HM Coastguard.

The 68-year-old man, from the Brighton area, had been diving on a wreck.

The coastguard was called at 17:52 BST on Monday when the diver, who was at sea as part of a group, failed to return to a dive vessel which earlier departed from the port of Lowestoft.

The group had been in the water 15 miles (24.1km) offshore from Great Yarmouth when the alarm was raised.

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Lifeboat crews from Gorleston, Lowestoft and Caister were called to help.

They were assisted by two coastguard helicopters - one from Hull and another from Lydd, Kent.

However, the coastguard say that after a "14 hour extensive search" they are calling off the search pending "any new information".

In a statement, they added: "All vessels passing through the area will continue to be asked to assist throughout today and broadcast action will continue."

The dive company, who operate the Raider V boat the divers had been aboard, are continuing underwater searches.

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