Body found in sea off Brighton nine hours after dinghy abandoned ten miles away

A BODY has been found in the sea near Brighton after an abandoned dinghy was spotted floating ten miles away.

A huge search was launched after the vessel – containing a mobile phone, clothing and a shopping trolley – was discovered at around 1.30pm in Lancing yesterday.

Tragically the man's body was found floating in the sea off Brighton around nine hours later.

Police believe the man was living in Sussex due to his personal effects.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: "At 1.40pm on Monday afternoon (10 August) police were informed by the Coastguard that a small unoccupied dinghy had been found floating in the sea off Shoreham and was being brought to shore.

"A search of the area off Shoreham has been continuing for any person or any items from the dinghy, which is not thought to be connected with asylum seekers."

The tragedy came as Brits packed out beaches across the UK to enjoy the scorching weather.

Temperatures rocketed to 36C in some areas as sunseekers flocked to the coast.

But the RNLI warned beachgoers against using inflatables in the sea after a string of rescues were carried out.

In Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, a man's body was pulled from the sea yesterday, while there were five call-outs in Bournemouth alone on Sunday.

A mum in her 30s drowned after jumping into the sea to rescue her son and his friend in Norfolk.

And a woman died on Saturday evening following a collision between a jet ski and a boat in North Wales.

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