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Surfer dies after difficulties at Lowestoft beach

A surfer has died after getting into difficulties in the sea off Lowestoft.

Emergency services were called to an area opposite Hotel Hatfield on the Esplanade shortly before 1150 BST on Saturday.

The man, who was in his 30s and from London, was rescued from the water and treated at the scene but was pronounced dead just before 1300 BST.

Police confirmed his death was not suspicious and said the man's next of kin and the coroner had been informed.

Ian Haines, watch manager for Great Yarmouth Coastguard, said a number of 999 calls were received.

'Obey your instincts'

Coastguards, the Lowestoft lifeboat, ambulance service, air ambulance and police were despatched to the scene.

The RAF search and rescue helicopter from Wattisham Airfield was also called but was stood down.

Mr Haines said: "We would urge any members of the public taking part in any water-based activity to phone the Coastguard for advice on weather conditions.

"We will also be able to advise them on which beaches have lifeguard cover.

"People have to obey their instincts. If you are in any doubt, don't go in the water."

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