Two friends found dead off Sussex coast named by police

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Two friends whose bodies were pulled from the sea off the coast of Sussex have been named by police.

Emergency services spent nine hours scouring the waters on Monday after an inflatable dinghy was seen drifting out at sea early in the afternoon.

The huge search and rescue operation came to an end after the body of a man was recovered from the English Channel just after 5pm on Monday.

Emergency searches continued on Monday evening until 11pm and resumed on Tuesday morning at 6am.

A second body was found near Shoreham Beach just before 9am.

The two men have been named as Harry Garrood, 51, and Matthew Stoneley, 46, both from Brighton.

Police said the deaths are not being treated as suspicious.

HM Coastguard dealt with a record 340 individual incidents across the whole of the UK on Saturday, its highest amount of call-outs in a single day for over four years.