A major ‘sea and shoreline’ search was launched over the weekend to find a missing swimmer who was last seen entering the sea off the Suffolk coast.
The swimmer, Lawrence Gibbs, 56, was last spotted at around 5pm on Saturday around Pakefield Beach near Lowestoft, wearing a swimming cap and blue swimming shorts.
The RNLI said that an ‘unattended pile of clothing along with a towel and keys was found on the sand,’ and that the UK Coastguard coordinated the multi agency search for the swimmer.
The search, which involved four RNLI lifeboats and a rescue helicopter, began on Saturday night and resumed early on Sunday morning.
According to the BBC, ‘Police said Mr Gibbs is white, of medium build with grey hair.’ Anyone with any information about the swimmer should contact Suffolk Police.
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