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Man dies after being swept out to sea in Brighton

A man has died after being swept into the sea off Brighton beach, as high winds battered the south coast.

He was rescued from the water near the Palace Pier after coastguard and lifeboat crews were alerted early on Saturday but was confirmed dead after being taken back to shore.

The incident happened at 1.30am on Saturday morning, as Storm Callum wreaked havoc across parts of the UK.

Police involved in the search for missing man Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Motorists were battling tricky driving conditions, and flooding and falling trees have seen major disruption across rail services in Wales, Devon, Cornwall and between the North West and Scotland.

Officials warned of danger to life from fast-flowing, deep floodwater, power cuts, and possibly some communities being cut off.

The coastguard reiterated warnings for people to take extra care near water during stormy weather.

People watching waves crash against the harbour wall at Porthcawl, South Wales Credit: PA

Around 100 sheep were swept away in floodwater at Pontargothi, in west Wales, with police appealing anyone who finds "any sheep washed up anywhere" to call them.

A car stranded in floodwater in Tonna near Aberdulais, Neath Credit: PA

Met Office meteorologist Helen Roberts said: "There will be more wet and windy weather for similar parts of the country – predominantly western areas – which could cause more flooding.

"The east and south east of England will see the best of the drier and brighter weather, where it will be even warmer than yesterday and could reach 25C – way above average for the time of the year."

Storm Callum was named by Met Eireann and is the third named storm of the season to hit the UK.