Major search underway after concerns for two people seen on Orwell Bridge

PUBLISHED: 08:21 30 September 2020 | UPDATED: 16:15 30 September 2020

The coastguard has been called to the Orwell Bridge  Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

The coastguard has been called to the Orwell Bridge Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Charlotte Bond

Police, coastguard and lifeboats are involved in a major search operation after two people were spotted on the Orwell Bridge last night.

Police received calls concerning the welfare of two people seen on the bridge shortly after 10.20pm, a Suffolk police spokesman confirmed.

A major search operation involving police, the coastguard and the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service continued overnight and into the morning.

It is understood the Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue service (SULSAR) and two lifeboats from Harwich have also been involved in the search.

The coastguard has since suspended its role in the search, a spokeswoman confirmed.

The bridge remains open to traffic.

UPDATE: Search for two people seen on Orwell Bridge called off – but police enquiries continue

A Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman confirmed officers used a drone to conduct a search in the early hours of the morning.

An HM Coastguard spokeswoman said: “We have been assisting Suffolk Police, the coastguard helicopters from Lydd and Lee on Solent, coastguard rescue teams from Aldeburgh, Holbrook, Shingle Street and Felixstowe, and two RNLI lifeboats from Harwich have all been sent.”

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