Woman missing after being swept out to sea in Brighton

A general view of the conditions on Brighton sea front as a major search is underway for a woman believed to have been swept out to sea following a night out.

A woman was swept out to sea in Brighton after going in the water following a night out.

The BBC reports that a search operation was launched for the woman but it has now been called off.

Solent Coastguard watch manager Paul Marlow said: "We believe that a couple went in to the sea after a night out on the town.

"One managed to get back out of the rough sea but sadly the other was swept away.

"Gale force wind, rough seas and darkness make it difficult to spot a person in the water who needs help and so our request is simple - please don't end your night out with a dip."

The Guardian reports that the search was called off after the night-long operation.

Coastguard rescue officers, lifeboat crews, police and a helicopter were involved in the search.

"No body or person had been recovered," Sussex Police said.

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