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Norfolk drowning – Man’s body pulled from water in front of horrified families after drowning during heatwave lake swim

A MAN’S body has been pulled from the water in front of horrified families in Norfolk after he got into difficulty amid the UK heatwave.

Police raced to Bawsey Pits Country Park near King’s Lynn at about 11.30am, where a man was in difficulty in the water.

Children and sunseekers watched from the shore as the massive search and rescue operation was launched but the man was tragically 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.”

Earlier today, two rescue boats and four fire crews were deployed to the scene.

A drone was also used to search from above as sunseekers watched the desperate search from the shore.

Temperatures reached 30C in parts of Norfolk today as hundreds flocked to the water for some relief from the heat.

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

There are signs around the lake that ban swimming as depths are unpredictable.

There are areas where the water can plunge to 20ft or more.

In 2013, two people drowned in different lakes at Bawsey Pits on the same day.

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