Two men die after English Channel dive

Two divers have died after getting into difficulty in the English Channel.

The men, in their 40s, had been with a group of divers near Eastbourne, East Sussex, police said.

Sussex Police said Dover Coastguard contacted them at 13:40 BST to report the men were in difficulty.

They were airlifted by Coastguard helicopter to the Eastbourne District General Hospital where they were pronounced dead. The divers are said to be from outside the county.

Det Ch Insp Mark Ling said: "Tragically two divers have died.

"We are informing their families and will be conducting an investigation into the circumstances."

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the diver's boat was in mid-Channel, south of Eastbourne, when the men got into difficulties.

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