Search for light aircraft off Rye

UK Coastguard coordinated a search for a light aircraft which ditched into the sea half a mile from Rye Harbour in East Sussex.

Coastguard rescue helicopters from Lydd and Solent searched the area for signs of the aircraft and RNLI lifeboats from Rye Harbour and Dungeness searched the sea.  Rye Bay and Dungeness Coastguard Rescue Teams searched the shore.  

The alarm was raised at 5.05pm and reports indicated one person was on board the air craft.  

The aircraft and pilot have not been found and the current search is likely to continue until dusk.


Update Monday 8 August 2016 - Search for missing light aircraft off the East Sussex coast suspended

We can confirm that the search for a missing light aircraft which ditched into the sea half a mile from Rye Harbour in East Sussex has been suspended.

UK Coastguard Rescue teams from Rye Bay and Dungeness, RNLI lifeboats and the Coastguard search and rescue helicopters from Lydd and Lee on Solent have searched the area extensively.

Steve Mann, Duty Controller at the UK Coastguard said: ‘We have used all the means and assets available to search an extensive area off the East Sussex coast for this missing aircraft. We can confirm we have suspended the search and it is not expected to resume unless any further information comes to light.’

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