The fishing boat stayed with the casualty until Rye Harbour Lifeboat arrived on scene 15 minutes later. The casualty was recovered into the lifeboat and returned to station. The casualty was pronounced dead on arrival, by Paramedics who were waiting at the Lifeboat Station. The Police and Coroner were in attendance at the time.
Earlier in the day, a joint Police/Coastguard search had taken place after a pile of clothing had been found on the shore at Winchelsea Beach.
Richard Tollett, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘This is the less glamorous side of what our volunteer crews do. Whilst it's not obligatory to go and collect a body, we are very conscious that there will be relatives somewhere who have lost a loved one.’