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SEVERE gale force winds and stormy seas made searching for the missing men extremely difficult.

UK Coastguard controller Matt West said the south-west winds were from force eight to severe gale force nine and there were very high waves.

MASSIVE SEA SEARCH BRIGHTON 10-1-15 - EARLY HOURS - CONFIRMED TWO LATE NIGHT SWIMMERS''Two men are missing at sea off the coast of Brighton after getting into trouble in severe weather, the Coastguard has said.'They were among four men who had gone into the water in the early hours of this morning.'Two men managed to get back to shore and called the Coastguard just after 1am this morning telling them that two of their companions were missing.'Coastguard and lifeboat teams are looking for the men, but the severe wind is hampering search efforts.'UK Coastguard controller Matt West said: "The unfavourable weather on scene is making the search extremely difficult for those involved.'"The weather is currently South West eight to severe gale force nine with very high waves."

MASSIVE SEA SEARCH BRIGHTON 10-1-15 - EARLY HOURS - CONFIRMED TWO LATE NIGHT SWIMMERS''Two men are missing at sea off the coast of Brighton after getting into trouble in severe weather, the Coastguard has said.'They were among four men who had gone into the water in the early hours of this morning.'Two men managed to get back to shore and called the Coastguard just after 1am this morning telling them that two of their companions were missing.'Coastguard and lifeboat teams are looking for the men, but the severe wind is hampering search efforts.'UK Coastguard controller Matt West said: "The unfavourable weather on scene is making the search extremely difficult for those involved.'"The weather is currently South West eight to severe gale force nine with very high waves."

“The unfavourable weather on scene was making the search extremely difficult for those involved,” he added.

Volunteers including Shoreham RNLI were praised for their efforts.

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