One man has been pulled from the sea alive, but another has sadly died and a search is under way for two others after a boat is reported to have sunk in the English Channel off Shoreham in the early hours of Sunday morning (August 6).
The 45-year-old survivor, from London, was found clinging to a buoy by commercial fishermen about two miles west of Shoreham Harbour just after dawn. He was picked up by RNLI lifeboat and landed at Shoreham from where he was taken to hospital.
A major search was launched by HM Coastguard supported by Sussex Police who are searching beaches between Brighton and Worthing. The body of a man was recovered from the sea and brought ashore by Coastguard helicopter around 8.15am.
A search of sea and coastline is continuing for two other men believed to be in the boat and an investigation has been opened in conjunction with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch to establish the circumstances of how the men came to be in the water. It is thought that the boat may have left Brighton Marina around midnight and the incident may have happened a couple of hours later, but the facts are not clear at this time.
Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident or the boat involved to report online or to call 101 quoting Operation Barnet.