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Shoreham RNLI Lifeboats launched to join search for missing man at Hove

Lifeboats News Release

Both the Shoreham inshore and all weather lifeboats were launched on Saturday 16 January at about 9.20pm to join the search for a man reporting missing off Hove with his dog.

Shoreham all weather lifeboat

RNLI/Michelle Tugwell

Shoreham all weather lifeboat

The lifeboat crews carried extensive searches from east to west and were joined by Brighton lifeboat, the coastguard rescue helicopter, Sussex Police, the police helicopter, Shoreham and Newhaven coastguard teams, Sussex Police and other fishing vessels in the search. They were all stood down around 2.30am on Sunday apart from Shoreham all weather lifeboat, the coastguard teams and the coastguard rescue helicopter which continued searching. They were eventually stood down around 4am after nothing was found.

The inshore lifeboat was then launched again on Sunday 17 January at 8am to resume the search around the canal area of Southwick before doing a shoreline search along with the coastguard teams, the coastguard rescue helicopter and Newhaven lifeboat.

The search was called off on Sunday afternoon after nothing was found by the teams. However police believe the man and his dog were sadly swept out to sea after viewing CCTV from the area where he was last seen.

Shoreham inshore D class lifeboat

RNLI/Michelle Tugwell

Shoreham inshore D class lifeboat

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