The body of a man has been found after a boat sank in the English Channel off Shoreham.

Another man was pulled alive from the sea by fishermen and two others are still missing after the vessel sank shortly before 6am.

The boat is believed to have come out from Brighton Marina with four people on board, Sussex Police said.

A search including lifeboats and helicopters continued into Sunday afternoon but was suspended shortly before 2pm.

Andy Jenkins, controller with the UK Coastguard, said: Following an extensive search of the area using multiple assets nothing further has been found at this time so the decision has been made to suspend the search pending further information.

A review of the incident details will be ongoing through the rest of the day.

Lifeboats from Brighton and Shoreham and two coastguard helicopters were assisting in the search for the missing men, along with other local boats.

Mr Jenkins earlier told Sky News: We are led to believe two boats collided but we have no confirmation… it’s very much ongoing and there is a large area to search.

With the tides and the wind the incident and persons will have drifted towards the Brighton area.

The 45-year-old survivor, from London, was found clinging to a buoy by commercial fishermen about two miles west of Shoreham Harbour just after dawn.

He has been taken to hospital.

The UK Coastguard and Sussex Police are searching beaches between Brighton and Worthing for the two other men.

An investigation involving the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been launched.

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