Search drama after man spotted in river

SEARCH and rescue crews were scrambled along with emergency services in Ipswich after reports that a man was stuck in the mud in the River Orwell.

SEARCH and rescue crews were scrambled along with emergency services in Ipswich after reports that a man was stuck in the mud in the River Orwell.

Police received a call at around 7.50pm yesterday from a concerned member of the public who said they had seen a man who appeared to be drunk in the mud on the river bank near to The Station Hotel.

The fire service was alerted by officers and the specialist water rescue units were used to conduct a sweeping search of both river banks down and up river, but no-one was found.

Firefighter Simon Hurst, station manager for Ipswich, said the tide was at its lowest point at the time.

He said: “We were happy with the bank searches and so the RAF Sea King helicopter did a thermal image search from the new bridge right down to Stoke Park Bridge.

“We have not located anybody so they must have made it out unseen by anyone, the tide is at its lowest point we can see shopping trolleys.”

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The RAF search and rescue helicopter landed in Gippeswyk Park after the incident, a spokesman at Wattisham said the crews were liaising with police.