Tribute to the man who died after jumping off Brighton Palace Pier

THE FAMILY of a man who died after ‘jumping’ off Palace Pier have paid tribute.

John Horseman, 47, was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton after he “dived” off Palace Pier during low tide on Sunday during the August Bank Holiday weekend.

His father, Keith Horseman, said his son was a “good swimmer” but didn’t expect the shallows.

John, who was a father of one child, had a big heart and according to his family, he would do anything for anyone.

The Argus: Image courtesy of Keith and Elaine HorsemanImage courtesy of Keith and Elaine Horseman

His life support was turned off at the Royal Sussex on September 7, according to the family.

Keith told The Argus: “John had a really good heart. He was generous.

“He was a good father to his daughter, she’s only 13. It’s a little raw. It was a massive shock for us.

“He was the best man at our wedding on the 26th.

“John was very popular and would do anything for anyone. He got along with people. He will be greatly missed.”

Argus: There was a large emergency response to the August 28 incidentIn the August 28 incident, there was a major rescue service action

John, from Hull, was best man at his father’s wedding on 26 June.

His funeral is scheduled for October 7th.

Keith said his son went to Brighton with a friend for a long weekend over the August bank holiday and was said to have been in town with another group.

The other man with John has been discharged from hospital and is being supported by those close to him “at this terrible time”.

Keith added: “As far as we can tell he went to Brighton with a mate and was part of a larger group.

“He dove off the pier into shallow water. He was a really good swimmer so obviously he wasn’t expecting shallow water. That’s pretty much all we know about the circumstances of what happened.

“We came down to see John, we were in Brighton for about four days. They had to turn off the machines, he had massive brain damage. Apparently he was in the water too long, lack of oxygen.

“We are heartbroken. It will take a while to realize that.”

The inquest for John Horseman is scheduled to take place on February 1, 2023. Tribute to the man who died after jumping off Brighton Palace Pier

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