A Police Officer who died off the Brighton coast was a popular officer whose death will be felt by the entire force, colleagues said today.
Steven Williams, 29, an officer for the BTP was pulled from the sea in the early hours of Monday morning.
Paramedics, Ambulance staff, Fire crews and the Police officers all tried to help the man as he fell into the water by Kings Road Arches.
Resuscitation efforts failed
Stephen was pulled from the sea at 1:40; however, despite attempts to revive him, we was pronounced at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
Colleagues from the Police force and family all paid tribute to Stephen, who had been in the RAF previous to the Police force.
They have setup an online fundraising page in his honour, making more than £4000 which will go towards the RNLI.
Starbuck Coleman, a collegue said: “He was a very dedicated police officer who loved doing what he was doing”
“He was very enthusiastic, was always put up for calls and was someone who you wanted to see arrive at a scene. He was a very professional police officer and he was a pleasure to work with.”
Death not suspicious
Local Police are not treating the death as suspicious. An inquest and post-mortem will be carried out in due course.
Paul Crowther, chief constable of the British Transport Police, said: “He will be terribly missed by his colleagues and friends here. His death, even for those who didn’t know him personally, will be felt across the force.”