A woman has died after being rescued from stormy seas off the Kent coast


A woman has died and police have resumed the search for a missing pensioner as parts of the UK faced further disruption caused by heavy rain and strong winds.

Folkestone and Dungeness coastguard, Dover lifeboat and a helicopter were scrambled at 6.54am after receiving reports that the woman was in the water off Folkestone harbour.

But a Kent Police spokesman said the 39-year-old woman "sadly passed away despite efforts from emergency services to save her".

Pride of Canterbury
The P&O Pride of Canterbury ferry arrives at the Port of Dover in Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA)

In South Wales, police said the search for Russell Sherwood, 69, of Neath, who went missing on Monday, would continue dependent on weather conditions.

Officers were focusing on the River Ogmore, where a bumper bearing the registration of Sherwood's vehicle was recovered on Monday.

BA plane
A BA plane battles the winds to land safely at London City Airport (Victoria Jones/PA)

Meanwhile, passengers on a ferry from Rosslare to Fishguard were finally able to disembark on Tuesday morning after spending the night in heavy seas off the Welsh coast after it was deemed too dangerous to attempt to dock.

The Environment Agency said flood warnings, which demand immediate action to be taken, have been issued for parts of Yorkshire and the North East, the South West and the Midlands.