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Swimmer dies after struggling in the sea near Hove

A swimmer has died after he got into difficulty whilst swimming in the sea near Hove.

The man in his mid 60s, was swimming out at sea near the Hove bowling lawns.

Brighton RNLI launched boats to rescue him at 2:20pm yesterday afternoon after reports came in of a man struggling in the water.

Lifeguards pulled him ashore and started CPR.

Ambulance crews arrived a short time after but sadly, the man was pronounced dead.

Fears Brighton seafront could collapse

It's an iconic part of the region's landscape - and a beacon of hope to its economy - yet tonight there are fears Brighton's seafront could be crumbling away.

Sections of its Victorian walkway have already been closed off to visitors - and councillors now admit they are facing a bill of up to £100m to fix more than a mile long stretch of shops, bars and restaurants.

But where will the money come from, and when? Andy Dickenson reports.

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Man overboard is missing at sea

Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat was launched just after midnight when a crewman fell overboard in gale force winds and violent seas from a passing tug five miles south of Sovereign harbour.

The tug Endurance, with two people on board, was on passage from Dover to Brighton

with a 60ft motor cruiser under tow when the man fell overboard. His colleague sent out a Mayday distress call which mobilised the rescue services.

Eastbourne ALB began the search close inshore off Beachy Head joined later by Coastguard Rescue helicopter 104. The two lifeboats continued their search throughout the night, but found nothing and abandoned the search after 9 hours at sea.

Surge in lifeboat call outs despite miserable summer

Distressed sailors and struggling swimmers. If you are in trouble at sea - they will be there to help you.

And this summer Kent and Essex had the UK's busiest coastal RNLI lifeboat stations - at Southend on Sea and Ramsgate.

But with the worst summer on record for 100 years - why have call outs soared in some areas? Sarah Saunders has been finding out.

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RNLI rescues up across the region

RNLI crews release summer incident figures Credit: ITV Meridian Archive

The RNLI has released figures showing an increase in the number of rescue missions in the Meridian region. The charity's second busiest lifeboat station in the country is Ramsgate in Kent. Its crews attended 49 call outs over the Summer - ten more than in the same time period in 2011.

While in the county of Hampshire the number of incidents over the Summer was 11% higher than in the same stretch of time last year. In total the crews at Hayling Island, Portsmouth, Calshot and Lymington launched one hundred and forty-two times.