A body has been found on a beach near Brighton – the second death in the area linked to Storm Noa in the last 48 hours.
A search operation for somebody believed to have been swept out to sea as Storm Noa hit the UK was called off this morning, Sussex Police said.
Lifeboats, a coastguard helicopter and police started the search after the alarm was raised at about 4pm on Wednesday.
Reports of a person in the water at the Doughnut Groyne, close to Brighton Palace Pier, triggered the operation, the RNLI said.
The body was found at 8.15am on Thursday, according to Sussex Police.
It comes after a woman also died after being spotted in the water off Brighton beach on Tuesday.
The woman was found near Brighton Marina and confirmed deceased, the RNLI told Sky News.
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A Coastguard spokeswoman said: “Shortly after 4pm (on Wednesday), HM Coastguard received reports of a person in the water at Doughnut Groyne close to Brighton Pier.
“An extensive search of the area took place throughout the evening until 9pm in challenging conditions.
“The Newhaven, Littlehampton and Shoreham Coastguard rescue teams, alongside Shoreham and Newhaven RNLI all-weather lifeboats, Sussex Police and the Coastguard helicopters from Lee-On-Solent and Lydd were sent to assist.
“Further searches have been conducted from 6am (on Thursday), in more favourable weather conditions.
“The search ended around 8am.”
An investigation into the circumstances is ongoing and further updates will be provided in due course, a spokesperson for Sussex Police said.
Describing the earlier death, the force spokesman said: “Emergency services conducted a search off Brighton beach shortly after 4pm on Tuesday 11 April.
“Sadly, the body of a woman was found. Her next of kin have been informed.
“Her death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for HM coroner.”
Storm Noa unleashed winds reaching speeds of almost 100mph, causing travel chaos with ferries, motorways and trains disrupted and hundreds left without power.
At Blackpool Pleasure Beach, people were forced to evacuate the town’s famous Big One rollercoaster due to the adverse conditions.
And a woman was badly injured after scaffolding collapsed onto a main shopping street in Fareham, Hampshire.