BREAKING NEWS: 14-year-old boy swept away by sea near Newhaven

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A 14-year-old boy has been swept away by the sea off West Beach in Newhaven.

At 4.15pm on Sunday 27 October emergency services were called to West Beach at Newhaven after a 14-year old local boy had been swept away while swimming at the shore with friends. An immediate search was begun involving police, Coastguard and the in-shore lifeboat.

The friends were not swept off and are safe.

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

Meanwhile all agencies remind people of the dangers of being at seashores in adverse weather, especially in view of the approaching severe weather conditions overnight. The advice is straightforward - stay clear.

Updates on the search will be issued as soon as available.