Two bodies found floating off Brit coast after boat spotted abandoned

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Two bodies have been found hours after an unoccupied dinghy was discovered in the sea near Brighton.

The first body was discovered floating near Shoreham on Monday night after a desperate nine-hour search following the discovery of the dinghy.

The second tragic discovery was made shortly before 9am on Tuesday, August 11, following the major search operation.

The inflatable dinghy was found at 1.30pm on Monday containing a shopping trolley as well as a mobile phone and items of clothing, reports The Argus.

Police have said the personal items appear to belong to someone living in Sussex and the incident is not thought to be connected with asylum seekers.

In a post on Twitter, Shoreham RNLI wrote: "Our lifeboats searched for 9 hours with @RNLIBrighton @ShorehamCG & the CG helicopter from #BeachyHead to #Littlehampton after an unoccupied inflatable dinghy was found drifting at #Lancing on Monday at 2pm.

"Sadly our inshore lifeboat recovered a body from the sea at #Hove #RNLI."

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: "At 1.40pm on Monday afternoon (August 10) 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.

"It contained some personal effects appearing to belong to someone living in Sussex."

This latest incident comes as the RNLI has issued a warning to beachgoers using inflatables at sea after a series of several rescues across Britain.

A man's body was pulled from the sea near Clacton Pier, Essex on Monday morning and in Dorset there were five separate call-outs along Bournemouth beach on Sunday alone, with some involving children as young as seven years old.

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