NEWHAVEN LIFEBOAT LAUNCHED TO RESCUE FOUR PERSONS CUT OFF BY TIDE
April 8 2013.
Volunteers from Newhaven's RNLI lifeboat station were launched yesterday at 19:38 to an adult and three children who had been cut off by the tide some 250 metres east of Splash Point, Seaford.
Newhaven's Severn Class lifeboat 'RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland' made at full speed to the scene where it was reported that the three children had been walking along the beach from Hope Gap to Seaford and had misjudged the incoming tide. They had contacted their parents, one of whom had swum around the cliff to reassure the children.
Having arrived on scene, the lifeboat's Y class 'Daughter' boat was launched with three crew members on board. The adult was taken off the beach first, leaving one crew member and the children warming on the shore with numerous blankets. The male adult who was very cold and wet was taken to Splash Point where Newhaven Coastguards carried him to an awaiting ambulance.
The Y boat returned to the isolated cove where the remaining casualties were brought to safety of Seaford Bay and awaiting families.
After recovering the crew member who remained ashore, the Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to station.
The lifeboat was washed down and ready for service at 20:52