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Two men feared drowned in Brighton






     
         
 
   
   

       

  Brighton Pier

                     

Two men are feared to have drowned in severe weather in the sea off the Brighton coast, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has said.


       

They were among four men who had gone into the water overnight.


       

Two men managed to get back to shore and called the coastguard just after 01:00 GMT, telling them their companions were missing.


       

The agency said the search had turned into a recovery mission as there was "no chance of finding them alive".


       

Coastguard and lifeboat teams spent the night looking for the men, but strong winds hampered the search efforts and they were stood down.


 

  The Newhaven lifeboat taking part in the searchThe Newhaven lifeboat was partially damaged because of the strong waves
 

     

An agency spokesman said: "The conditions for searching overnight were awful - it was pitch black and the sea was extremely choppy. It was very difficult to search.


       

"The helicopter and the all-weather lifeboats searched the area overnight but started to stand down at about 04:00. They felt they had done all they could.


       

"Very sadly, nothing has been found and it is very unlikely that anything will be."


       

Matt West, UK Coastguard controller, said the conditions overnight had made the search extremely difficult for those involved as the weather was currently south west eight to severe gale force nine with very high waves.


       

Sussex Police said the men, in their 20s, had gone into the water near the Palace pier.



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