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Adur and Worthing Weekly Bulletin

Alert message sent 18/08/2017 10:13:00

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18th August 2017

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Bodies of missing men found in sea off Shoreham

Two bodies recovered from the sea off Shoreham on Monday morning (August 14) have been identified as those of the two men missing since Sunday, August 6.

The first was reported to HM Coastguard by a fisherman around 2.5 miles off Shoreham Harbour around 7am. The RNLI Shoreham lifeboat was launched to recover the body and as they were returning to shore, a second body was spotted in the water just before 8am.

Both bodies were landed at Brighton Marina where they were handed to the coroner's officer and following notification to their families, they have now been formally identified.

They are Mircea Ilie, 40, of Elm Grove, Brighton (left) and Irinel Popovici, 41, of Barcombe Road, Brighton (right).

Police and marine accident investigators have named the boat believed to have collided with the boat that the men were fishing from off Shoreham in the early hours of Sunday, August 6.

The vessel, the scallop dredging boat, Vertrouwen, left Shoreham around the time of the incident bound for Grimsby. Police are in touch with the owners, MacDuff Shellfish Ltd, who are co-operating fully with the investigation.

A small boat had left Shoreham Harbour around midnight with four pleasure fisherman on board. It is now known that the collision occurred around 12.30am and the boat was lost without raising a distress call. One man was rescued by commercial fisherman after clinging to a buoy for more than five hours and another man's body was recovered by an HM Coastguard helicopter later that morning.

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Crime summary



Reference: 0706 of 15/08/2017

Location: Shirley Drive Worthing

Date and time: Between 1030 and 1300 on the 15th August

Details:  Attempt to break in glass smashed on the front door no access gained

Reference: 0025 of 14/08/2017

Location: Laylands Court Portslade

Date and time: Between 1730 and midnight on the 14th August

Details: It is unknown how entry was gained to a property. X box and games stolen. 

Reference: 1379 of 16/08/2017

Location: Old Shoreham Rd Shoreham

Date and time: Between 0830 -1930 on the 16th August

Details: Glass around a lock was smashed on a porch door. No entry was gained

Other than dwelling

Reference: 0816 of 11/08/2017

Location: Beach Green Brighton Road Lancing 

Date and time: On the 14th August at 1500

Details: Attempt to break into a beach hut no access gained 

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