A paddleboarder has died after being pulled from water on a busy bank holiday weekend.

The 70-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene after getting into trouble in the water on Sunday afternoon.

Air ambulance crews landed on the beach at around 6pm while the man was handed over to the care of South East Coast Ambulance Service but police have now confirmed that he died.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "Police supported HM Coastguard and the ambulance service at an incident on Worthing beach at around 5.40pm on Sunday.

“A man in his 70s was treated by the ambulance service after suffering a medical incident in the water.

“He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.”


A coastguard spokeswoman added: “Littlehampton Coastguard Rescue Team responded to a report of a male being pulled from the water at Worthing beach yesterday afternoon.

“The alarm was raised at about 5.40pm, with Sussex Police also alerted.

“One person was handed over to South East Coast Ambulance Service. An air ambulance also attended.”

Temperatures along the south coast hit 22C as thousands flocked to the beaches on Bank Holiday Sunday.

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance and South East Coast Ambulance Service have been approached for comment.