Two divers died after an underwater adventure went tragically wrong off the Eastbourne coast on Saturday afternoon.
The two men were among a group of divers out on the boat Channel Diver, the vessel used by Channel Diving, a Brighton based organisation which also operates in the Channel near Eastbourne.
It is not yet known exactly what happened but the two are believed to have been unconscious when they were pulled from the sea.
A call was made to Dover Coastguard and the helicopter was sent to airlift the men from the boat and take them to Eastbourne District General Hospital.
Despite efforts by paramedics on board the Coastguard helicopter and the trauma team at the DGH, the two men died.
They were from Essex and north London.
A spokesperson at Sussex Police said, “The two men were airlifted by coastguard helicopter to the Eastbourne District General Hospital where sadly they were pronounced dead.
The men, in their 40s and from outside Sussex, had been with a group of divers.
DCI Mark Ling said, “Tragically two divers have died after getting into difficulty while diving in the Channel. We are informing their families and will be conducting an investigation into the circumstances.”
The news made the national headlines and tributes began pouring in on social media, Facebook and Twitter.
After the incident the boat sailed back to Brighton Marina where it was met by police.