A COASTGUARD helicopter has been called to Brighton beach.

It searched the waters near West Pier from 8.20pm after a report that someone had entered the water.

The Argus:

The emergency services were stood down at 10.10pm after a “thorough search”.

Pictures from the scene show emergency services parking on the promenade.

The Argus:

And witnesses report the helicopter was using lights to illuminate the water.

A spokeswoman for HM Coastguard said: “We received a call from a member of the public saying they had seen a person enter the water in Brighton.

The Argus:

“Shoreham and Newhaven Coastguard Rescue Teams, RNLI Brighton lifeboat, HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Solent and Sussex Police attended the scene.

“A thorough search of the area was carried out but nothing was found and the search was stood down ‪around 10.10pm‬.”