The all weather lifeboat was launched to search for two missing occupants of an empty dinghy which was found drifting off Lancing.

The lifeboat joined lifeboats from Brighton and Littlehampton, the Coastguard helicopter and coastguard teams from Shoreham, Newhaven and Littlehampton in a major 10-hour search and rescue operation stretching from Beachy Head near Eastbourne to Littlehampton.

A body was recovered from the water at Hove in the afternoon and the search for the other occupant continued until darkness before it was called off for the night.