Body of man pulled from water at beauty spot as heatwave sweeps UK

Body of man pulled from water at beauty spot as heatwave sweeps UK

A man’s body has been recovered from the water at a beauty spot in Norfolk, police have confirmed.

Officers were called to Bawsey Pits country park near King’s Lynn at around 11.30am, where a man was in difficulty in the water amid the UK heatwave.

Tragically he was later pronounced dead.

Superintendent Malcolm Cooke from Norfolk Constabulary said: “Colleagues from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and East of England Ambulance Service assisted officers in the search.

“The body of the man was recovered from the water and he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family at this time.”

Police confirmed that a man’s body had been found in the water (file image)

Earlier a spokesman for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service told the Eastern Daily Press that two water rescue boats, four fire crews and a drone were sent to the scene.

A drone joined the search from the air as police and paramedics stood by at the scene watched by crowds of sunseekers.

There have been frequent warnings about the dangers of swimming in the former quarry pits at Bawsey Country Park in recent years.

The former sand workings have underwater obstructions and steep sides, meaning there are sudden changes in depth.

Signs are in place saying that swimming is banned.

A 16-year-old boy from east London drowned at the pits in July 2013.

A local man, Ryan Pettegell, aged 41, also drowned on the same day after he swam out to look for the missing boy.

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