Tributes to boy swept away by storm

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© Dylan Alkins RIP on Facebook

© Dylan Alkins RIP on Facebook

Family and friends are paying tribute to a teenager who is feared to have died as a result of the weekend storm.

Dylan Alkins,14, who is originally from Liverpool, was swimming with friends in East Sussex on Sunday afternoon when the current swept him away.

Coastguards immediately began searching the shoreline of Newhaven’s West Beach for several miles but this was unsuccessful. Dylan has still not been found.

A Facebook tribute site has been set up for Dylan where friends and family have left messages. His mum, Amelia Kattenhorn, wrote: “Hoping and praying my son is alive, devastated completely and utterly devastated.”

The family moved away from Liverpool to Sussex just one month ago.

Rhys Davey, 14, who was with Dylan when he was swept away, wrote: “A massive wave came and washed him out in front of my eyes. There was nothing we could do apart from wait. Me and Zach are in tears together and don’t know what to do.

“Dylan was a very good mate of ours and we have some very funny memories. He will be missed and loved by loads of people.”

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