Five rushed to hospital after getting into difficulties at Sea Palling where man drowned last summer

Part of the unpatrolled area of Sea Palling beach. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Part of the unpatrolled area of Sea Palling beach. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Five people have been rushed to hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea at a north Norfolk beauty spot where a man drowned last summer.

Station officer Keith Griffin. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Station officer Keith Griffin. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The party, made up of men and women aged in or around their mid-20s, had been enjoying the late evening sunshine on the reefs at Sea Palling when they were cut off by the tide.

They attempted to swim back to shore as the light faded in an area notorious for rip tides.

However, two of them had to be plucked to safety by a jet skier after the alarm was raised and all five were taken to hospital by ambulance to be checked for signs of 'secondary drowning' after taking on board water.

The drama, which began to unfold around 6.45pm on Saturday, has prompted HM Coastguard Happisburgh & Mundesley to reiterate its plea to the public to keep off the reefs.


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Station officer Keith Griffin, who advised beach-goers to only swim between the red and yellow flags and to check the tide times, said: 'The reefs down there are dangerous because they have rip currents between them. The public are advised to stay away.'

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Two ambulances and the Coastguard team, based at Bacton, were called out to reports of people in difficulty in the water. By the time they arrived, they had all made it back to shore.

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However, all five were taken to the hospital in Norwich to check for water in their lungs.

The Coastguard crew eventually returned to base at 9.30pm.

Mr Griffin added: 'They (this party) just went down there for a good time and things got out of hand.'

In July last year, 52-year-old Leszek Puchala died after getting caught in a rip current while swimming at Sea Palling.

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