In Newhaven in East Sussex the family of a teenage boy swept into the sea was said to be "distraught". The 14-year-old was playing in the surf at Newhaven when he disappeared. He's still missing and feared dead. The search for him has been called off.
The search operation for the missing boy reported to have been swept away off the coast at Newhaven has been stood down for tonight. It will resume again in the morning. The emergency services have been praised for their efforts in atrocious conditions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The boy is believed to come from the local area and has not yet been named. He is said to have been in the sea just after 4pm this afternoon with a friend when he disappeared.
Sussex Police began searching their area assisted by the local coastguard and other emergency services around the West Beach area of Newhaven.
In the ongoing battle to reclaim an East Sussex beach, campaigners are planning another protest. Newhaven's West Beach was closed by the local port's French owners in 2008 over safety fears.
This year the Court of Appeal ruled it could be listed as a village green, giving residents the right to use it. But the owners are appealing against this and the beach remains closed. Last weekend campaigners climbed over barriers to hold a picnic protest.
Residents from a Sussex town are holding a peaceful picnic in protest at having another summer with no access to Newhaven beach.
The area has been cordoned off to the public in an ongoing battle between Sussex Council, Newhaven Town Council and Newhaven Port and Properties - spanning seven years concerning safety. The Port Authority says people should not put themselves at risk by entering the area.
South East Water is inviting customers to have their say on plans to secure water supplies in Sussex.
Two public exhibitions have been planned to show customers how the recently published Water Resources Management Plan will affect them.
The exhibitions are being held on June 4, between 12-8pm, at Arlington Village Hall in East Sussex and June 21, 12-8pm, at South Heighton Village Hall in Newhaven.
The company will also show how it proposes to meet the growing demand for water between 2015 and 2040.
Everyone who uses water has a part to play in helping to ensure that there is a secure, sustainable supply of water in the future.
We want to share our proposals with our customers to ensure that their views can be properly considered and taken into account in the final plan, which is expected to be published in early 2014.