A SEARCH was launched in the early hours today for a missing person off Belle Tout.

The Eastbourne RNLI Volunteer Crew were paged just after midnight.

They were requested to launch the Inshore Lifeboat to help Police, Local Coastguards and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter with a search for a person reported missing East of Belle Tout Lighthouse.

At 01.15 hrs the All Weather Lifeboat was requested to launch to assist with the search

After a thorough search of the area with nothing found, all assets were stood down.

The Inshore Lifeboat was then paged at 08.45 hrs to continue the search and assist Local Coastguards.

No further details due to the sensitive nature of this service call.

Picture courtesy of Alex Emberley and Daniel Baldock.