VIDEO: Report of second body off Worthing beach sparks search and rescue operation

A SEARCH and rescue operation took place last night after reports of a body off Worthing beach (Tuesday, November 25).

Police, coastguard, Shoreham RNLI and Worthing Beach Office foreshore inspectors responded to a report of an object in the water at around 4.45pm.

Worthing sea search last night. Picture by Eddie Mitchell SUS-141126-091546001

Worthing sea search last night. Picture by Eddie Mitchell SUS-141126-091546001

An extensive search, involving a search helicopter, revealed nothing.

Senior foreshore inspector Graham Cherrett said: “At approximately 4.45pm, a lady who lives near the seafront reported an object that she thought was a body in the water.

“We had a look and couldn’t see anything, before the coastguard took over the search. We were stood down by 5.45pm.”

A spokesman for Her Majesty’s Coastguard said the situation had initially looked ‘quite bad’, with fears a vulnerable women had walked into the sea.

Worthing sea search last night. Picture by Eddie Mitchell SUS-141126-091536001

Worthing sea search last night. Picture by Eddie Mitchell SUS-141126-091536001

But after a thorough search, nothing was found.

The news comes days after a body was found floating off Goring beach.

Click here for the Herald’s previous coverage of the story as it broke.