People urged to stay out of the water by Sussex Police

Sussex Police are urging people to stay out of the sea and keep themselves safe following the storm.

Graham Plater from the Force Command and Control said: “We are receiving a number of frantic calls from the public reporting people playing in the surf and putting themselves in danger.

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“Officers have been sent to reports along the coast to warn people that the sea is still strong and that they are risking their lives and the lives of anyone who may try to rescue them.”

The warning follows the tragic incident of a 14-year-old boy who was swept out to sea at Newhaven yesterday.

Searches have continued today.

Chief Inspector Tanya Jones said: “The agencies are working together in an effort to find the boy and our thoughts are with his family.

“This is a tragic incident and people must heed the warnings we are giving.

“The wind will mean that large waves and spray continue along the coast and the public should be careful around trees that may have been damaged by the storm.

“At the same time I want to thank the public for securing their possessions and not making unnecessary journeys during the height of the storm.

They have helped ensure a smooth passage through the weather as police and partnership agencies worked throughout the night.

“The impact of the storm wasn’t as bad as we anticipated and Sussex did not experience any significant problems. We received more than 500 weather-related calls. A large number of trees fell and there were reports of surface water.

“I ask the public to continue to take care, drive carefully especially through waterlogged roads and enjoy a calmer night.”

The video shows surfers taking advantage of the strong winds today (Monday October 28) at Newhaven Beach.