PICTURED: Tragic Brit clubber, 22, dies after being found in sea near Butlins on night out

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Bethany Skinner, Bognor Regis pier

TRAGEDY: Bethany Skinner was pulled from the sea during a night out near Butlins (Pic: FACEBOOK/BETHANY SKINNER/GETTY)

These are the first pictures of Bethany Skinner, 22, from Bognor Regis who was pulled from the water near Bognor Pier on Sunday.

The fine arts student had spent the evening at a local nightclub on the pier with a friend before leaving.

She and her friend then walked along the promenade of the Brit seaside town towards the Butlins resort.

But tragedy struck afterwards as – for reasons police say are unknown – she ended up entering the water in the dark.

Her body was later pulled from the sea and she was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

Bethany Skinner

HEARTBROKEN: Bethany’s family have described her as an ‘amazing, talented beautiful girl’ (Pic: FACEBOOK/BETHANY SKINNER)

Map of Bognor Regis

MAPPED: Bethany had attended a nightclub in Bognor Regis before walking towards Butlins (Pic: GOOGLE)

Bethany Skinner

DEVASTATING: Bethany died in hospital yesterday – two days after being pulled from the sea (Pic: FACEBOOK/BETHANY SKINNER)

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Today Sussex Police confirmed she died yesterday.

In a heartbreaking tribute a relative of Beth wrote on Facebook: “(We) would like to share with Beth’s loved ones that under tragic circumstances Bethany Jane sadly passed away yesterday surrounded with her family.

“We are absolutely heartbroken, Beth was such an amazing, talented lovely beautiful girl with her whole life ahead of her. Life is so unfair. Rest in peace gorgeous, you are safe now.”

Announcing her tragic death, a spokeswoman for Sussex Police said: “A woman who was pulled from the water near Bognor Pier in the early hours of Sunday morning, February 24, has sadly died.

“She has been identified as Bethany Skinner, aged 22 from Bognor.

Bethany Skinner

TALENTED: Bethany was a fine arts student who previously lived in Somerset (Pic: FACEBOOK/BETHANY SKINNER)

Butlins

BUTLINS: The tragedy took place near the popular holiday resort (Pic: GETTY)

Bethany Skinner

‘TOO SOON’ Bethany’s family announced her tragic death on social media today (Pic: FACEBOOK/BETHANY SKINNER)

“She was taken to St Richard’s Hospital in a critical condition and passed away there on Tuesday, February 25.

“Police are investigating the circumstances of how she went into the sea after spending Saturday evening at Sheiks nightclub on the pier.

“Anyone who saw her go into the water or has any information about it should contact police online https://www.sussex.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/ or ring 101 quoting Operation Palladium.”

Another man who went into the water to try and help Bethany also had to be rushed to hospital for a check-up, it is reported, but was later discharged.

Sheiks nightclub, which Beth had attended earlier in the night, released a statement on the incident on social media following the news she was rushed to hospital.

Bethany Skinner

YOU ARE SAFE NOW: Bethany’s family said in the heartfelt announcement ‘rest in peace gorgeous’ (Pic: FACEBOOK/BETHANY SKINNER)

Bethany Skinner

POLICE APPEAL: Officers are now trying to find out more info about how Bethany ended in the sea (Pic: FACEBOOK/BETHANY SKINNER)

It said: “The club staff were involved in an incident trying to rescue a female who had got into difficulties after entering the sea in the early hours of the morning.

“The female had visited the venue and left around 2am, leaving with the same person that she arrived with, which we understand to be her friend.

“The female in question left the pier area and walked along the promenade towards Butlins, although it is unclear how shortly after this she ended up entering the water.

“The security team and club management were alerted to the female being in the sea by the friend, emergency services were called immediately and club staff frantically searched the water to try and locate and rescue her.”

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