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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

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Residents demand access to beach

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.

Picnic protest over Sussex beach closure

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.

Consultation over water supply

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.

– Paul Seeley, Asset Director at South East Water

Wind farm consultation begins

People can now have their say on plans for a wind farm off the coast of Sussex.

E.ON want to build between 100 and 175 turbines off Newhaven. The Secretary of State will also examine the proposal for the Rampion project.

The application for the off shore wind farm, with a generating capacity of up to 700MW, was submitted on March 1st and accepted for examination three weeks later.

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