Rescue crews launched to elderly couple in the water

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Newhaven’s rescue teams were called into action last week to reports of two people in the water north of the lifeboat station.

HM Coastguards had received a 999 call from a local fisherman saying that someone had fallen into the water at around 3pm on Wednesday, December 30.

Both Newhaven lifeboat and the Newhaven Coastguard rescue team were sent to the scene.

A fisherman in his 70s had fallen into the water while checking his vessel. His wife, in her 60s, had tried to assist him, but also ended up in the water.

Local fishermen, after raising the alarm, assisted the couple out of the water before the lifeboat arrived at the scene. They were taken to their car to warm up and supplied with blankets and assessed by a lifeboat first aider.

Local first responders and paramedics also assessed the pair.

Once they had both warmed up, they were able to make their own way home with some medical advice.

Coxswain Paul Legendre said: “Thanks to the quick thinking and actions of the local fisherman, a potential tragedy has been averted.”

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