Teenager dies in sea off West Wittering

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An investigation is underway following the tragic death of a boy off West Wittering beach in Chichester yesterday (2 July).

UPDATED 12:49 03/07/2024

Emergency services were called to concern for a 17-year-old boy’s welfare in the sea at around 1 pm.

He was airlifted to hospital, where he was sadly confirmed deceased. His next of kin have been informed.

The boy was part of a group from Uxbridge College in London who had visited the area for a school trip.

Detective Inspector Darren Taylor said: “This was an absolutely tragic incident, and I would like to express my sincere condolences to the boy’s loved ones at this heartbreaking time.

“A police investigation, supported by the Health and Safety Executive, is underway to establish the full facts.

“We are asking anyone who has any information that could help to contact us online or via 101, quoting Operation Redhill.”

A spokesperson for West Wittering Estate said: “We are deeply saddened to report that a 17-year-old boy drowned yesterday after getting into difficulty in the water.

“Lifeguards deployed their equipment, including jet skis, to rush to the scene. Police and emergency services were there quickly with members of HM Coastguard, before the young man was transported by helicopter to hospital where he unfortunately later died. His next of kin has been notified and our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time."

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