Search for boy 'swept away'

Sussex Police say they are involved in the search for a 14-year-old boy who is feared to have drowned in rough seas off Newhaven, East Sussex. .

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Boy 'swept away' into the sea

A 14-year-old boy who got into difficulties in the sea at Newhaven on Sunday afternoon has still not been found. Search and Rescue teams will make a decision this morning on whether to continue their efforts.

We witnessed the tragic power of the sea at Newhaven yesterday and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young lad who is sadly still missing. I don't want to see that repeated."

– Superintendent Grenville Wilson

Mountainous seas hamper search operation for missing Newhaven boy

One of the Coastguard helicopter crew is lowered to scan the waves for the missing boy
The Newhaven all-weather Seven Class lifeboat RNLB David & Elizabeth
Coastguard helicopter hovers above Newhaven as the RNLI lifeboat battles the waves Credit: RNLI

These grainy images from the RNLI video released this evening gave some indication of the appalling conditions which the Coastguard and lifeboat crews are working in as they try and find the missing 14-year-old boy off Newshaven, Sussex.

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Video update: RNLI crew searches for missing boy in stormy seas off Newhaven

The RNLI video shows the lifeboat crew searching off the Sussex coast for the 14-year-old boy who is reported to have been swept out to sea late this afternoon. Conditions for the crew are treacherous. They are assisted by the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter.

Coastguard issue warning as storm approaches

Solent Coastguard Watch Manager, Steve Mann said

This weekend we have been expecting hurricane-force winds and we are urging people to take extra care.

The crashing waves are spectacular to watch but also extremely dangerous. HM Coastguard’s advice is simple: don’t take risks. But if you do get into difficulty, or spot someone who might be in trouble, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

– Steve Mann, Solent Coastguard

Solent Coastguard update on missing 14-year-old boy

Solent Coastguard have issued the following statement about the missing 14-year-old boy feared to have been swept away in stormy seas off Newhaven this afternoon.

Solent Coastguard are searching for a missing boy who was last seen playing in the surf at West Beach, Newhaven approximately 10 meters offshore.

Solent Coastguard was alerted to the missing boy via 999 calls and the local National Coast watch Institution. Coastguard Rescue Teams from Newhaven and Burling Gap are searching the area.

Solent Coastguard requested the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat to the scene, a Coastguard Rescue helicopter is also searching for the boy.

The search conditions on scene are very difficult for the rescue teams involved, with rough seas and poor visibility.

– Solent Coastguard