Missing Brighton swimmer search scaled down overnight

  • 23 October 2013
  • From the section Sussex

A search for a swimmer who went missing off Brighton beach has been scaled down.

A member of the public called 999 after hearing the man shouting for help near the Western Arm of Brighton Marina, just before 14:45 BST.

The RNLI lifeboat was dispatched, but the man had disappeared under the water.

Emergency services spent the afternoon searching the scene, and have scaled it down due to darkness.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman said the area would be monitored overnight and another search made at first light.

David Williams, Solent Coastguard watch manager, said: "The lifeboat and helicopter were on scene really quickly this afternoon and everyone involved did everything they could to find this person.

"There will be a watch on the area where he was last seen overnight but this is increasingly looking like a tragic accident."

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