'Our loss is indescribable': Family of woman who died after sea rescue in Sussex tell of 'kind and caring' young woman

Bethany Skinner. Image via Sussex Police
Bethany Skinner. Image via Sussex Police

The family of a 22-year-old woman who died after being rescued from the sea near a Sussex town have paid tribute to her 'kind and caring' nature.

Bethany Skinner, 22, was taken to hospital in a critical condition in the early hours of Sunday (24 February). She passed away there on Tuesday (February 25).

Bethany Skinner. Image via Sussex Police

Bethany Skinner. Image via Sussex Police

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Police are investigating the circumstances of how Bethany went into the water and have appealed for witnesses.

Her family said: "Our loss is indescribable. Bethany’s life was going so well.

"She grew up in Somerset with her mother and two sisters, had a very successful time studying art at Plymouth University and had recently graduated with a distinction for her art work and for a beautiful, delicate willow structure she had created, which spoke of her love for the natural world and her spiritual relationship with it.

"The willow tent and its comforting hearth spoke of travel, shelter and home and was both timeless and contemporary, with its resonance for displaced people in the world today.

"Beth was working at Butlins in Bognor and had plans to travel after that.

"She was such a kind and caring young woman and the testimonies that her friends and teachers and acquaintances have sent us show how much she had touched the lives of all those around her and what a difference she had made to them.

"These messages have brought us some degree of comfort in our pain.

"While we are mourning the loss of our dearest daughter, sister, grand-daughter, niece and cousin we also want to celebrate her talents, her creativity and her achievements.

"She had her whole future ahead of her and the tragedy is that she has died at the age of 22.

"We would like to thank all the professionals involved in her rescue and treatment, the lifeboat team, the police in Somerset and Sussex, the staff at Butlins who went out of their way to support the family and, most particularly, the doctors and nurses in the Intensive Care Unit at St Richard’s Hospital who were so kind and compassionate and who did their very best to bring Beth back to us."