Storm: Newhaven Search For Boy Called Off

October 28th, 20136:14 am @


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

The youngster disappeared from West Beach at Newhaven, East Sussex, at about 4.15pm on Sunday.

Rescue teams, including a coastguard helicopter and a RNLI lifeboat, scoured the area in what were described as “atrocious conditions” with poor visibility.

An RNLI lifeboat is buffeted by the waves as it takes part in the search

After around six hours the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said it had stood down its search teams – making the operation one of search and recovery.

The teenager was playing with friends – who have all been accounted for – when the incident occurred.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “This is a very distressing incident and everything possible is being done to try to find the boy.”

A rescue worker looks on as his colleagues battle the elements at sea

A MCA spokeswoman said that rescue teams struggled in difficult conditions.

She said police were with the boy’s family, who are “distraught”.

Meanwhile, the public were reminded of the dangers of being on the coast in bad weather, especially in view of the approaching storm. 

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