Swimmer located after unclaimed flip-flops spark alert

Camber Sands has been at the centre of a row over beach safety after five deaths there a few days ago

Sussex Police have confirmed that the search for a swimmer believed to have been missing at Camber Sands in Sussex has been called off.

Officers had received a telephone call from a member of the public at about 9.40am this morning, reporting that they were concerned for a woman who had been seen entering the water at about 8am. It was believed that the swimmer was missing because she had not returned yet to collect a pair of flip-flops left on the beach.

The woman was described as white with dark hair and wearing a black swimming costume. Sussex Police say a woman matching that description called the RNLI at around 11.45 am to identify herself.

Police officers say they helped the Coastguard, the coastguard helicopter crew and the RNLI conduct a thorough search of the coastline nearby during the alert.

Five men died at the Camber Sands beach on Wednesday. They drowned after getting into difficulty in the sea. Lifeguards are on patrol at the beach over the bank holiday weekend.