Bodies of two men found in river

LIFEBOAT crews have today recovered the bodies of two men from the River Deben.A spokesman from the Harwich RNLI Inshore Lifeboat said that the crews were on their way to carry out duties for Remembrance Day when a call was received from Thames Coastguard to go to the River Deben.

LIFEBOAT crews have today recovered the bodies of two men from the River Deben.

A spokesman from the Harwich RNLI Inshore Lifeboat said that the crews were on their way to carry out duties for Remembrance Day when a call was received from Thames Coastguard to go to the River Deben.

Felixstowe Ferries harbour master had called the coastguard to report a dinghy had been washed ashore on the Bawdsey side of the river.

Felixstowe and Shingle Street Coastguard Rescue Teams joined the Harwich Inshore Lifeboat in the search along with the RAF rescue helicopter and harbour masters from Felixstowe and Ramsholt.


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The bodies of the two men were found shortly after. It is not believed the men are local and it is thought they were in the area on a fishing trip.

Steve Labouchardiere, watch manager for Thames Coastguard said: “A dinghy that was washed ashore onto the Northern bank of the River Deben this morning prompted an extensive search for casualties and shortly afterwards we recovered two male bodies.

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“This matter is now in the hands of the police and our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of both of the deceased.”

A Suffolk police spokeswoman said that the bodies had been taken to Ipswich Hospital and the deaths were currently been treated as unexplained.

However she added that there was not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.

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