The search has continued today (Monday October 28) for the 14-year-old local boy who was swept out to sea from West Beach, Newhaven, at 4.15pm yesterday.
Emergency services were called to the beach after the boy, named locally as Dylan Alkins, had been swept away while playing at the shore with friends.
An immediate and intensive search was begun involving police, Coastguard and the Newhaven in-shore lifeboat, and was only called off late in the evening after darkness had fallen and the sea became ever more dangerous.
The friends were not swept off and were safe.
The Coastguard will carry out further searches today whenever new information is received.
The Newhaven in-shore lifeboat is carrying out a further search of the shoreline and a police helicopter has been checking the shoreline for several miles each side of Newhaven.
Local police officers have also been searching along the beach and helping reassure the local community.
Chief Inspector Katy Woolford, of Sussex Police, said: “All agencies are continuing to do everything possible to find the boy, and our thoughts are very much with the family at this time.”