Bodies of men found at sea identified
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Police have released the identity of the two men who were sadly found dead in the water after an unoccupied dinghy was found floating in the sea off Shoreham on Monday afternoon (10 August).
A large search and rescue operation was carried out by the coastguard, RNLI and police following the discovery and later that afternoon, the Shoreham RNLI inshore lifeboat located the body of Harry Garrood, 51, (pictured right) from Brighton in the water at Hove.
During enquiries to confirm the identity of Mr Garrood, it became apparent that his friend was also missing and the search continued at sea on Monday evening and resumed on Tuesday morning. Around 8.45am, a body was spotted by the crew of a Coastguard helicopter in the water near Shoreham Beach and was recovered by the Shoreham RNLI all-weather lifeboat. He was identified as Matthew Stoneley, 46, also from Brighton (pictured left).
The deaths are not being treated as suspicious and have been passed to the coroner.