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Body pulled out of the water near Orwell Bridge in Ipswich

21 December, 2014 - 10:27
Body found in Orwell River has been identified

Body found in Orwell River has been identified


A dead body has been pulled out of the water in the vicinity of the Orwell Bridge.

Thames Coastguard confirmed they had attended but said it was a police matter.

It is understood the body was found in the River Orwell, in the area of the Orwell Yacht Club.

The body was spotted at around 8.45am by a passing yacht and recovered by the Harwich inshore lifeboat.

The RNLI crew took it to the yacht club where they were met by police and coastguard units.

Philip Newman, commodore of Orwell Yacht Club, said: “We came down this morning for our race and there were a number of police officers and ambulance crews who told us about a report of a body at the Cliff Quay.

“Next thing I know they have retrieved the body using our slipway, they brought the unfortunate person on land using the slipway then just went through usual procedures and went away.”

Mr Newman said he arrived at the club at around 10am and the incident was dealt with by 10.30am.

Suffolk Constabulary said they were now in the early stages of trying to identify the body.

The death is being treated as unexplained.

An update is available here


  • @ francis S i get what you are saying, but not everyone who ends their own life is "hell bent" on doing so. Most often they just need help and guidance. It's not about shutting down these places,it's about stopping it being an "easy" option for people in distress!

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    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • It is sad that a person decide to end themselves but realistically shut down the bridges and ban the trains or introduce nets, 247 cameras etc wont help. If a person is help bent on ending themselves they will find a way to do it. Please people, we do die eventually, no need to rush it. Live your life

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    Francis S

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • @Ipswich entreprener, you are quite right, but who knows, lets get this "romantic" view of the bridge out of our heads and see the facts! For what ever reason they arrive at the Bridge, it shouldn't be so easy!

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    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • @RC , How do you know it wasn't an accident? Just because someone is there thinking about it, is that ok? "people don't fall from the Bridge, they "Jump". How do you know! CCTV would make it much clearer as to "jumping" or "falling". Assuming you think everone "jumps" then why does the coroner record "open verdicts" so often! They are not "saftey Nets" they are "prevention nets" and they work! It's not about identification, although the recent case with the shoes left behind might be different, it's about understanding someone's intentions. I am not blaming either, but how long can we pretend this isn't a problem! HOW MANY HAVE TO DIE!

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    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • RC, its very windy up there... some people jump to their deaths, others actually fall... some people in that mind state like reflecting on their lives high up, a gust of wind could be all it takes... you cannot classify both as the same. I hope it isn't a victim of this coalition Governments welfare, health and services cuts.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Monday, December 22, 2014

  • @ME, People don't 'fall' from the bridge, you make it sound like it was an accident. What good would CCTV do? Identification is never too much of a problem with bridge jumpers. There's never been anyone jumped off the Orwell bridge that hasn't been identified after a couple of days. It's tragic that someone would choose to end their life, especially just before Christmas, but don't go blaming lack of CCTV or a safety net etc.

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    Monday, December 22, 2014

  • I really hope this is not another poor soul having fallen from the Bridge. Shame the lack of cctv up there will be no help at all. (There is cctv but is only used when there are traffic problems!) RIP whoever you are.

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    Sunday, December 21, 2014

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