Woman dies in festive swim

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A WOMAN has died after paddling in the sea on Christmas Day, police confirmed yesterday.

The woman was in the sea 
at Hastings and was swept out after being hit by a wave, Sussex Police said.

A police spokesman said: “The lady was recovered from the 
sea and given emergency CPR before being taken to a local hospital. Sadly, she has died as a result of this incident.”

On Tuesday, the traditional festive swim in Brighton, just over 30 miles away from Hastings and also on the south coast, was called off after the council closed the beach due to bad weather.

Brighton and Hove City 
Council said conditions would be “extremely dangerous”, even for experienced swimmers, with winds of up to 30mph.

The council also said the water would be very cold, with a temperature of about 5C.