UPDATE: Search for missing yachtsman suspended

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The search for a missing yachtsman has been suspended this morning (November 10).

The coastguard rescue teams and the RNLI were searching through the night for a man who failed to return home on Sunday afternoon.

The missing man is believed to be Leonard George King from Alfriston.

But his boat was found on Sunday evening at Brighton Marina, with no-one on board.

A statement from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said, “The Newhaven and Shoreham Coastguard Rescue Teams have been carrying out extensive shoreline searches all the way around Brighton Marina, including the eastern and western arms of the marina.

“Brighton and Shoreham inshore lifeboats have searched all the way around the marina, including in and out of every pontoon.

“Shoreham all weather lifeboat has carried out searches east from Shoreham to Brighton Marina, and back to Shoreham, going as far out as 2.5 miles off shore. Newhaven all weather lifeboat have conducted similar searches, from Newhaven west to Brighton and again going as far out as 2.5 miles off shore.

“The Coastguard helicopter from Lee-on-Solent has conducted a shoreline search from Shoreham to Newhaven and back again, including all around the marina. They have also undertaken a search out to mid Channel.

“Despite these extensive searches, nothing has been found. Unless any new information comes to light, the search has been suspended.

“Full details of this search have now been passed to Sussex Police.”