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

The unidentified youngster disappeared from West Beach at Newhaven, East Sussex, at about 4.15pm this afternoon.

Tonight, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the operation had now become one of search and recovery.

The teenager was playing with friends when the incident occurred. They were not swept off and are safe.