LARGE numbers of emergency services crews were seen in the River Adur by Ropetackle on Thursday lunchtime.
Eye witness Ian Tibbetts said: “I was on the bus coming back from Worthing and noticed a number of people in the Adur wearing what appeared to be wet suits, helmets, buoyancy aids, etc.
“I returned home via Ropetackle and there were police cars, ambulances, fire trucks of some sort and other assorted utility vehicles.
“I saw someone being worked on by ambulance men with two police nearby.”
Adur District Council chairman Mike Mendoza was also in the are at the time.
He said: “I saw lots of rescue people in the water, along with members of the public and assumed it was a rescue.”
Sussex Police said they were called to a property in Marline Court, Little High Street, Shoreham at 12.55pm on Thursday.
A spokesman said: “The call came from the ambulance about a man in his 30s in cardiac arrest.”
There was nothing suspicious and the man was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
Shoreham Coastguard was in action later that day, carrying out team training in the fog.
There was a land search and the ‘casualty’ was taken away by stretcher.
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