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Deer takes a dip at beach resort

Deer rescue, Lowestoft (courtesy of Daniel Rider}
The deer attempted to scale the sea wall at Lowestoft

Sea lovers have been joined in the waters off Suffolk - by a deer.

The male Muntjac deer was spotted taking a dip off Lowestoft's South Beach on Sunday morning by members of the public, who waded in to save it.

An RSPCA spokesman said it was not known why the animal had taken to the water, but it may have gone in after being startled by inquisitive tourists.

After attempting to scale the sea wall, an RSPCA officer managed to catch the deer and take it to nearby woodland.

Eyewitness Michael Flatman said: "The deer came ashore and attempted to scale the sea wall.

"Local resident Michael Gallagher attempted to wade out to its rescue. Unfortunately, the deer swam back into open water and headed back towards the beach where it remained in a few inches of water, exhausted and frightened."

The deer was then netted by an RSPCA officer and uninjured, he was taken back to dry land.

Mr Flatman added: "There was spontaneous applause from a large gathering of concerned onlookers."

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