AN ELDERLY man who died at sea has been provisionally identified.

Police now know the man, who died on the beach opposite Marine Parade in Seaford on Tuesday afternoon, is in his early 80s and from Brighton.

The man was dragged from the water by a member of public who noticed him struggling, and Sussex Police were unable to revive him after performing CPR as soon as they got to the scene.

His relatives recognised the description of the man and the clothing which was found on the beach after appeals in The Argus and on social media.

Medics, police and the Coastguard were called to the scene, a few hundred yards from Seaford Sailing Club, but it was too late to save the man.

A postmortem took place today, and confirmed that the cause of death was drowning.

His death is not being treated as suspicious, and an inquest will be opened soon.

Coroner's officer David Tye said: "Our thanks go to the media and public who showed interest in this case and publicised it.

"We are not releasing the name of the man at present while enquiries continue to make sure all contactable relatives are aware."