Close to 100 people have lost their lives on the South's coastline in the last four years according to new figures. The news comes as the RNLI launches a campaign to reduce the number of deaths by half. Many who died didn't intend to even go into the water - but were swept away by waves or fell from cliffs. Christine Alsford reports.
The Coastguard has received a distress call from a vessel at sea - saying it had a hole in its side and was taking in water - but has since lost contact.
Helicopters and lifeboats are trying to locate the vessel, which they believe could be in the Newhaven area.
We received a broken message via VHF? radio this afternoon at about 2.30 pm that a vessel needed assistance because it had a hole in its side and was taking water. Since that time we have had no further communication with the vessel.
A major air and sea search is underway in rough seas off Dungeness for a missing trawler. The vessel was believed to be heading for Ostend when it lost contact with coastguards this afternoon.
Dover Coastguard say a helicopter and two lifeboats have been searching for the trawler. There are reports a second helicopter from France has also joined the search.
The merger of the South's coastguard services will mean a 'loss of vital local knowledge' about our coastline. That's the fear from critics tonight after the opening of the new National Maritime Operations Centre in Hampshire this week. Richard Jones reports.
Critics of the controversial merger of the coastguard stations covering the Dorset and Hampshire coasts say it could lead to a loss of vital local knowledge. Staff from Portland and Lee-on-Solent will now work at a new centre at Fareham. But the coastguard says its ability to respond to emergencies won't be affected. The Royal Yachting Association says it is been assured seach and rescue operations won't suffer.
The search was for the girl was stood down around 1pm and coastguards will return to search the beach at low tide.
There have been no other reports and police are currently talking to the informant to clarify the details.
Police and coastguards were called to Selsey after girl was reported to have jumped into the sea.
The girl was reported to have jumped into the sea in the East Beach area around 11.30am by a member of the public who then became concerned when they didn't see her again.
A HM Coastguard helicopter and two lifeboats are at the scene.
A 15-year-old girl has gone missing on a beach in Selsey.
Sussex Police, Solent Coastguard and the Selsey RNLI are searching East Beach.
A spokesman for Selsey RNLI confirmed that part of the search was taking place in the water.
Selsey Coastguard with Selsey RNLI and the Coastguard helicopter searching for person of East beach Selsey.
An eight year old boy was pulled into a lifeboat from the water at Appley beach in Ryde on the Isle of Wight yesterday. The Solent coastguard helicopter then airlifted the child to St Mary's Hospital in Newport.
Thousands of people were in the area at the time for Armed Forces Day. The boy was later transferred to Southampton Hospital where his condition was described as critical but stable.