Vigil for boy swept into sea

A vigil has been for 14-year-old Dylan Alkins who is feared dead after being swept into the sea in rough weather conditions at Newhaven, Sussex, on Sunday. Coastguard rescue teams have shifted their focus to trying to recover the teenager's body.

Parents pay tribute to 'amazing' boy swept out to sea

The parents of a 14-year-old who was swept out to sea during stormy weather have paid tribute to an "amazing boy".

Dylan Alkins disappeared while playing in the sea with friends at West Beach in Newhaven, East Sussex on Sunday afternoon.

As efforts continue to try to find his body, his parents Danny Alkins and Amy Kattenhorn have spoken publicly for the first time about their son.

Dylan Alkins was swept out to sea in Newhaven on Sunday afternoon. Credit: Sussex Police

Mr Alkins said his family were "crushed" and Dylan would "be sadly missed and never ever forgotten".

Ms Kattenhorn said she was "completely and utterly devastated" but would "hold on to Dylan forever in my heart".

Dylan's father paid tribute to the RNLI, Coastguards and police who have searched for his son, saying: "They have done a great job to the best of their ability."

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Vigil held for Newhaven boy swept out to sea

Friends of a teenager feared dead after being swept out to sea have held an emotional vigil on the beach where he was last seen.

Friends of Dylan Alkins throw flowers into the sea
Friends of Dylan Alkins threw flowers into the turbulent sea from West Beach in Newhaven, East Sussex, where he vanished on Sunday. Credit: PA

Up to 50 people gathered at West Beach in Newhaven, East Sussex, where Dylan Alkins vanished while playing in the surf amid ferocious winds.

They group released balloons with handwritten messages into the air and threw flowers into the sea.

One of his friends, Aaron Gilbert, 15, said: "I couldn't believe it. I was hoping it was just a bad dream. I woke up crying.

"We would come down every day in the summer but I never thought he would come down when it was really rough. I wish I could have stopped him."

Coastguard rescue teams have now shifted their operation to trying to recover the teenager.

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Teenager feared dead after being swept into sea named

A 14-year-old boy feared dead after being swept into the sea has been named by Press Association sources as Dylan Alkins.

The teenager disappeared while playing in the surf at West Beach in Newhaven, East Sussex, at about 4.15pm yesterday.

Rescue teams scoured the area in what were described as "atrocious conditions" and later said the operation had become one of search and recovery.

RNLI: Our thoughts are with the missing boy's family

The RNLI said their thoughts are with the family of a 14-year-old boy who was swept out to while playing in the surf in rough weather conditions.

The search off the coast of Newhaven, Sussex, was called off for the night.

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Search for missing teenager has ended for the night. @newhavenrnli lifeboat heading home. All our thoughts are with the boy's family.

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All teams searching off Newhaven have now been stood down by HM Coastguard, our thoughts go to the boys family and friends at this sad time

14-year-old boy lost off Sussex coast feared dead

A 14-year-old boy is feared dead after being swept into the sea while playing in the surf in rough weather conditions.

The unidentified youngster disappeared from West Beach at Newhaven, East Sussex, at about 4.15pm this afternoon.

Tonight, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the operation had now become one of search and recovery.

The teenager was playing with friends when the incident occurred. They were not swept off and are safe.

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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
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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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Family 'distraught' after boy swept off Sussex coast

The family of a boy swept out to sea off the coast of East Sussex are "distraught", a spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said tonight.

She added that police are with the family and that it appears the boy was playing in the surf when he was swept away. It is not known if his family were at the beach at the time.

Search 'could be called off' due to 'atrocious' weather

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman has said that weather conditions at the scene where a boy was swept out to sea off the coast of East Sussex were atrocious this evening. She added that Solent Coastguard were considering having to suspend the operation until first light.

At the moment we are still searching. The helicopter has refuelled and is going out, and the lifeboat is there but is taking a battering in the heavy seas.

The weather conditions are just atrocious, with poor visibility making it extremely difficult. They are determined to find this boy - it's difficult to call it off.

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