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

The lifeboat joined the all weather lifeboat and 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 by the crew of the inshore lifeboat in the afternoon and taken to the lifeboat station. The inshore lifeboat later launched again to join the search for the other occupant which continued until darkness before it was called off for the night.