Uk Weather Storms Continue To Batter Britain As Friends Swept Into The Sea Are Feared Dead
Two friends swept away by stormy seas after daring each other to go to the water’s edge are feared dead – as Britain is braced for more extreme weather.
Freddie Reynolds, 24, stripped off and dived in the water to save pal Dan Nicholls, 23, who had been hit by a huge wave.
The Brighton men had been out with friends in the town on Friday night when the dare near the Palace Pier went wrong.
This afternoon, police hunting for the missing pair found a body more than four miles along the coast at Saltdean.
Det Chief Insp Carwyn Hughes, of Sussex Police, said a bit of fun had tragic consequences and their friends tried to save them but were beaten back by waves.
“Tragically they saw Dan and Freddie together before they lost sight of them and called for the help of emergency services.”
The rescue mission, using lifeboats and a helicopter, were hampered by gale-force winds and dangerous waves.
Witness Emma James, 24,of Brighton, said: “The sea was so rough, the lifeboats looked like they were going to tip over they were being tossed around so much.”
INSTragedy: Dan Nicholls and Freddie Reynolds
Much of Britain was battered by 70mph winds today with snow, ice and floods forecast.
Roads, rail and ferries were disrupted as Scotland was worst hit with 113mph winds in coastal areas.
Tens of thousands of homes north of the border were cut off as power lines toppled and trees were uprooted.
ScotRail temporarily suspended all trains and up to two dozen ferry services were in disarray.
Winds of 76mph were recorded at High Bradfield , in South Yorks, and Aberdaron , Gwynedd.
Gusts felled trees blocking roads in East Anglia. Lorries were blown over in Yorkshire and the north east and the A1 had to be shut.
An Ikea store at Ashton-under-Lyne , Gtr Manchester, was closed when wind loosened ten 30ft-long metal panels.
Across Wales gales brought down power lines leaving 2,500 homes without electricity.
In Crowborough , East Sussex, more than 1,000 households suffered power cuts
Dog walkers and kids in Cardiff’s Victoria park had a lucky escape when a giant beech tree toppled in high winds.
The Met Office issued yellow “be aware” weather alerts warning of snow and ice for all of Scotland, the North, the Midlands and Northern Ireland until midday on Sunday, with flood alerts for many of the same regions.
Sunday is expected to be another windy day with wintry showers, mainly in the North and West.
The outlook for Monday to Wednesday is very windy with severe gales for some and colder temperatures.