In a tragic turn of events, the body of a 38-year-old man was recovered from the sea in Brighton on Sunday night (24 September). The discovery followed an extensive search and rescue operation that was launched earlier that morning.
The operation was initiated at 7:15 a.m. after reports came in of a man entering the water near Brighton Palace Pier and subsequently encountering difficulties. Shoreham RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was promptly launched, marking the beginning of a painstaking seven-hour search.
The Shoreham lifeboat crew was joined by teams from Brighton and Newhaven RNLI, the Coastguard rescue helicopter, and a Coastguard search fixed-wing plane. Multiple coastguard rescue teams and Sussex police officers were also mobilised for an extensive air, sea, and land search operation.
The combined search teams combed the waters offshore and scoured the shoreline stretching from Hove Lawns to Brighton Marina. Despite their tireless efforts, no sign of the missing individual was found during the day.
In a statement released by Sussex Police, a spokesperson confirmed, “The body of the 38-year-old man was found near the shoreline on the beach opposite the Odeon Cinema. His next of kin have been informed and are receiving support from officers at this time.”
The spokesperson further added that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident and that the death has been referred to the coroner.