Woman dies after being swept out to sea at Littlehampton

Woman dies after being swept out to sea at Littlehampton

Woman dies after being swept out to sea at Littlehampton

First published in News

A 67-year-old woman has died in hospital after being swept out to sea.

The woman from Goring was seen by eye-witnesses going into the sea at the mouth of the River Arun at Littlehampton Pier at just after 2.15pm on Saturday.

Police officers, coastguard crew and lifeboat volunteers all rushed to the scene as the woman was carried out to sea by strong currents.

She was pulled out of the sea and stabilised before being taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, where she was pronounced dead at just after 9pm last night.

PC Andy Baynes from Littlehampton Police said: "She was carried out to sea by strong currents. A lifeboat crew and HM Coastguard officers were quickly on the scene.

“The RNLI crew pulled her from the rough seas and returned her to shore where she was stabilised before being taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

"Sadly, she was pronounced dead just after 9pm. Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time."

A Sussex Police spokesman added: “The 67-year-old woman from Goring-by-Sea has been identified by her family, but has not yet been formally named.

“Her death is not being treated as suspicious and the matter has been passed to the coroner's officer.”

Did you know the woman or see the incident?

If so please call 01273 544530, email neil.vowles@theargus.co.uk or leave your comments below.

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6:45pm Sun 2 Feb 14

markiemark2013 says...

Did you know the woman? Why not just exercise a bit of patience instead of being vultures, let the police name her when they are good and ready and show a bit of respect for a grieving family at this most difficult time for them.

Once upon a time the Argus had journalists who would actually do the job - now it's always "did you know ....?", "did you see the incident?". Get off your backsides and earn your money.

Love and best wishes to the family of this poor lady.
Did you know the woman? Why not just exercise a bit of patience instead of being vultures, let the police name her when they are good and ready and show a bit of respect for a grieving family at this most difficult time for them. Once upon a time the Argus had journalists who would actually do the job - now it's always "did you know ....?", "did you see the incident?". Get off your backsides and earn your money. Love and best wishes to the family of this poor lady. markiemark2013
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7:06pm Mon 3 Feb 14

melee says...

Well said.
Well said. melee
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10:13pm Mon 3 Feb 14

darlinghearty says...

Another loss of life to the sea...what a terrible shame. ..the sea is a powerful force of nature and the waves I've witnessed lately have been huge..the family must be devasted and my thoughts are with them. .take comfort that the sea gave her back..the family of the beautiful lad Dylan Alkins that has been lost at sea since 27th October last year must be constantly hoping that their son will be recovered..I can't even imagine the pain that they are in..kind thoughts to all the families and friends close to poor lost souls..including the brave coast guards and the R.N.L.I x
Another loss of life to the sea...what a terrible shame. ..the sea is a powerful force of nature and the waves I've witnessed lately have been huge..the family must be devasted and my thoughts are with them. .take comfort that the sea gave her back..the family of the beautiful lad Dylan Alkins that has been lost at sea since 27th October last year must be constantly hoping that their son will be recovered..I can't even imagine the pain that they are in..kind thoughts to all the families and friends close to poor lost souls..including the brave coast guards and the R.N.L.I x darlinghearty
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