LIFEBOAT crews from Shoreham helped pull a body from the sea near Worthing Pier.
Around 20 people, including Shoreham inshore and all-weather lifeboats, police, lifeguards, paramedics and members of the public attempted to rescue the woman from the water, according to an eye witness.
The discovery was made just before 6pm yesterday on the east side of the pier and the lifeboats were launched at 6.04pm to reports of a person face down in the water at Worthing.
The inshore lifeboat crew started a search of the area and quickly located the woman 50 metres from the shore at Splash Point.
The lifeboat crew pulled her aboard and then beached the inshore lifeboat so a crew member could undertake CPR on her ashore.
The witness said the woman was pulled from the sea on a mat provided by Splashpoint leisure centre.
An ambulance crew was waiting on the beach and took over, but the woman was pronounced dead. She has since been identified as a 37-year-old local woman.
The all-weather lifeboat stood off ready to assist the inshore lifeboat if needed. The inshore lifeboat then relaunched and both boats returned to station.
All those who tried to save the woman’s life were ‘heroes’, said the witness.
They added: “Every single one, they all made an effort to save their life, a very brave effort for all concerned.”
It is believed the body was first spotted near Splash Point and was carried towards the pier by the current.