Sussex

Divers search Brighton Marina for missing sailor Len King

Len King Image copyright Sussex Police
Image caption Len King had set out to sail alone from Brighton to Newhaven on 9 November

Police hunting for a man whose yacht was found abandoned off the coast at Brighton are carrying out an underwater search at the city's marina.

Len King, 74, from Alfriston, East Sussex, was reported missing on 9 November when he did not return home.

His Sunseeker yacht is believed to have been on autopilot when it drifted back to the marina and crashed into a wall with no-one on board.

Sussex Police confirmed its divers were searching Brighton Marina.

The team from the specialist search unit began underwater operations on Monday and are expected to conclude on Wednesday at the latest.

Hampered by storms

A spokesman said the search was being conducted in connection with Mr King's disappearance.

Mr King, an experienced yachtsman, set out to sail alone from Brighton to Newhaven.

Three lifeboats and a coastguard helicopter began searching for him shortly after 22:00 GMT on 9 November.

The operation was hampered by storms overnight but resumed at first light the next day.

Nothing was found and crews were stood down at 11:30 GMT on 10 November.

Police then began a missing person inquiry.

Image copyright EDDIE mITCHELL
Image caption Mr King's Sunseeker yacht drifted back to Brighton Marina with no-one on board

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