Lifeboat called out to couple

The lifeboat was launched on Sunday (September 8) after reports a couple were cut off by the rising tide at Beachy Head.

Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched following reports that two people were cut off by the tide below the cliffs at Beachy Head.

The couple were spotted on the popular beach known as Falling Sands by several members of the public who contacted Dover Coastguard.

A spokesman for the RNLI said: “The tide had been ebbing for at least two hours but as a precaution the volunteer crew of Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat were paged to attend.

“Once on scene a crewman went ashore to confirm all was well with the couple and to offer some safety advice regarding local tides.

“The couple were content to finish their undercliff walk.

“The crew were stood down and returned to station.”

The Eastbourne RNLI has been operating for 185 years.

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