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17-Year-Old Boy Dies After Rescue Efforts at West Wittering Beach

Investigation launched into circumstances of boy’s death at West Wittering.

Emergency services, including the Hayling RNLI ILB Lifeboat and HM Coastguard, were called to West Wittering beach at 12:50pm today due to concerns for a boy’s welfare in the sea. The situation escalated quickly, leading to a coordinated response from multiple rescue teams.

A 17-year-old boy was pulled from the water and taken to a nearby hospital. Tragically, he was confirmed dead upon arrival. Sussex Police have stated that his next of kin have been informed and are being supported through this difficult time.

It is understood that the teenager may have been part of a school trip from London.

A Sussex Police spokesman provided further details: “Emergency services and HM Coastguard were called to concerns for a boy’s welfare in the sea off West Wittering beach at around 1pm on Tuesday (July 2). A 17-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital, where he was sadly confirmed deceased. His next of kin have been informed. An investigation is underway to understand the full circumstances of the incident.”

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