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.