Colleagues stunned by lifeguard's death

IPSWICH'S swimming community has been left saddened by the death of a long-term lifeguard at the town's Crown Pools.Micky Coote, 44, died suddenly while on a fishing trip on Sunday.

Grant Sherlock

IPSWICH'S swimming community has been left saddened by the death of a long-term lifeguard at the town's Crown Pools.

Micky Coote, 44, died suddenly while on a fishing trip on Sunday.

His colleagues at the Ipswich Borough Council swimming centre in Crown Street today said he was a dedicated and well-liked colleague who would be sorely missed.

Mr Coote had worked at the pool for much of the past three decades after joining the council's workforce as a lifeguard in 1980.

James Hehir, the borough council's chief executive, said: “We're terribly upset by this sad news.

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“He was a well-liked and hardworking colleague who served the people of Ipswich and the area for nearly 28 years.

“His colleagues at Crown Pools are naturally devastated for he was a quiet man who just got on with his job and he did that job well.

“Our thoughts are with his family.”

Mr Coote is credited with helping to save the life of a young boy at Crown Pools last year. He avoided publicity despite his hero status among his colleagues.