Tributes to Joanna Brown believed to have been washed out to sea in Brighton

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Friends of a woman washed out to sea following a night out have paid tribute to a “lovely girl”.

Vivienne and Jeff Yeates, who lived next-door to Joanna Brown in Toronto Terrace, Hanover, Brighton, recalled the 36-year-old as “a lovely girl and neighbour”.

Speaking yesterday Mrs Yeates, who had been friends with Miss Brown, known as Jo, since she moved to the area about four years ago, said: “We are very sad that Jo has been taken away by the powerful sea. She was a lovely girl and neighbour.

“We will always remember lots of times when she would lock herself out of her house and had to climb over our back garden wall to get home.

“Kind thoughts to her family. God Bless Jo.”

 


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She said Miss Brown had moved from her home in Toronto Terrace in October and let it out to a family after buying a flat in nearby Ewart Street.

Police are still investigating why Miss Brown went into the sea at 2am on December 21.

She was with a male friend when she reportedly ran into the waves.

A Sussex Police statement said: “At 8am on Saturday a member of the public discovered the body of a woman on the beach at Cuckmere Haven.

“The body has now been identified as that of Joanna Brown who had not been seen since she ran into the sea at the beach in Brighton.

“Her reason for running into the water is still not clear, but her death is not being treated as suspicious and the Brighton and Hove Coroner's officer is continuing enquiries.”

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3:16pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Farouche says...

I have been extremely moves by this story. Very sad indeed. Glad she has been found at last.
What a strange, haunting story - her suddenly running in to the sea whilst chatting to her friend. It's like some existential novel. I think this little story tells us something about the complexity of being human.

I hope she has some peace, and her family too.

Rest in peace, Joanna Brown.
I have been extremely moves by this story. Very sad indeed. Glad she has been found at last. What a strange, haunting story - her suddenly running in to the sea whilst chatting to her friend. It's like some existential novel. I think this little story tells us something about the complexity of being human. I hope she has some peace, and her family too. Rest in peace, Joanna Brown. Farouche
  • Score: 13

4:17pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Seventh Circle says...

Very sad.. if foul play is ruled out then she must have been extremely 'out of it' to have ventured into the sea... there was some mention of her companion entering the water with her and managing to get out... perhaps they need to consider installing better cctv of the area outside the clubs with the numerous alcohol/drug related incidents that occur on the beach
Very sad.. if foul play is ruled out then she must have been extremely 'out of it' to have ventured into the sea... there was some mention of her companion entering the water with her and managing to get out... perhaps they need to consider installing better cctv of the area outside the clubs with the numerous alcohol/drug related incidents that occur on the beach Seventh Circle
  • Score: -8

4:43pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Brightonsinger says...

I'm sure she was a lovely girl (who would write anything to the contrary?) but the fact appears to be that she got into the sea in the middle of the night during a winter storm! I'm running low on sympathy here.
I'm sure she was a lovely girl (who would write anything to the contrary?) but the fact appears to be that she got into the sea in the middle of the night during a winter storm! I'm running low on sympathy here. Brightonsinger
  • Score: -19

6:36pm Sat 4 Jan 14

clubrob6 says...

RIP a very sad article.Only yesterday in hove I seen a family with young children playing at the waters edge surely these parents should know if any of them gat caught by a wave they would be sucked under.There is no harm in going to see the power of nature but not from the waters edge that can be suddenly hit by a huge wave.
RIP a very sad article.Only yesterday in hove I seen a family with young children playing at the waters edge surely these parents should know if any of them gat caught by a wave they would be sucked under.There is no harm in going to see the power of nature but not from the waters edge that can be suddenly hit by a huge wave. clubrob6
  • Score: 16

8:48pm Sat 4 Jan 14

angrymonkey says...

Rip just shame about sad people that have to say no sympathy. maybe if left the house had a life and friends might enjoy self life very boring if never take risks or do something silly at times yes did go very wrong but happens .
Rip just shame about sad people that have to say no sympathy. maybe if left the house had a life and friends might enjoy self life very boring if never take risks or do something silly at times yes did go very wrong but happens . angrymonkey
  • Score: 9

8:11am Sun 5 Jan 14

livvyb100 says...

Dear sweet Jo was my beautiful little sister, it is unbearably sad that we have lost her. Jo loved Brighton and she loved the sea. This is a very tragic accident. I do not appreciate people taking the time to leave unkind comments Brightonsinger. Goodnight God Bless sweet Jo Jo.
Dear sweet Jo was my beautiful little sister, it is unbearably sad that we have lost her. Jo loved Brighton and she loved the sea. This is a very tragic accident. I do not appreciate people taking the time to leave unkind comments Brightonsinger. Goodnight God Bless sweet Jo Jo. livvyb100
  • Score: 36

2:02pm Sun 5 Jan 14

livvyb100 says...

I would also like to say a warm felt thank you to the people that have taken the time to leave kind messages for Jo.
I would also like to say a warm felt thank you to the people that have taken the time to leave kind messages for Jo. livvyb100
  • Score: 14

8:34pm Sun 5 Jan 14

sexyhips69 says...

Brightonsinger wrote:
I'm sure she was a lovely girl (who would write anything to the contrary?) but the fact appears to be that she got into the sea in the middle of the night during a winter storm! I'm running low on sympathy here.
Very true Brightonsinger. There is no escape from reality, and she went into the sea of her own accord.
[quote][p][bold]Brightonsinger[/bold] wrote: I'm sure she was a lovely girl (who would write anything to the contrary?) but the fact appears to be that she got into the sea in the middle of the night during a winter storm! I'm running low on sympathy here.[/p][/quote]Very true Brightonsinger. There is no escape from reality, and she went into the sea of her own accord. sexyhips69
  • Score: -6

1:51pm Mon 6 Jan 14

angrymonkey says...

sexyhips69 are you really that much of a scum bag as to go alone with other no life people here when family read it do the world a favour and shut the hell up.
sexyhips69 are you really that much of a scum bag as to go alone with other no life people here when family read it do the world a favour and shut the hell up. angrymonkey
  • Score: 6

6:42pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Farouche says...

sexyhips69 wrote:
Brightonsinger wrote:
I'm sure she was a lovely girl (who would write anything to the contrary?) but the fact appears to be that she got into the sea in the middle of the night during a winter storm! I'm running low on sympathy here.
Very true Brightonsinger. There is no escape from reality, and she went into the sea of her own accord.
This person ("sexhips69" sic) reminds me of those ghastly individuals my gran used to describe as "the very worse kind of person." I think she meant people with no class or style - similar to this person who regularly evinces inane opinions and who insists on using that patently absurd monikor.

Can you imagine what kind of person they must be?
[quote][p][bold]sexyhips69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brightonsinger[/bold] wrote: I'm sure she was a lovely girl (who would write anything to the contrary?) but the fact appears to be that she got into the sea in the middle of the night during a winter storm! I'm running low on sympathy here.[/p][/quote]Very true Brightonsinger. There is no escape from reality, and she went into the sea of her own accord.[/p][/quote]This person ("sexhips69" sic) reminds me of those ghastly individuals my gran used to describe as "the very worse kind of person." I think she meant people with no class or style - similar to this person who regularly evinces inane opinions and who insists on using that patently absurd monikor. Can you imagine what kind of person they must be? Farouche
  • Score: 2

7:45pm Mon 6 Jan 14

jweverett says...

Joanna Brown was to me my darling JoJo. My heart my love my friend. It is utterly tragic. My thoughts and prays are with the Brown family
Joanna Brown was to me my darling JoJo. My heart my love my friend. It is utterly tragic. My thoughts and prays are with the Brown family jweverett
  • Score: 4

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