Lifeboat rescues man cut off by the tide at Seaford Head

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Newhaven’s relief Severn Class lifeboat and volunteer crew were launched at 7:05pm on Sunday, August 7 to a man cut off by the incoming tide.

Local Coastguards requested Newhaven lifeboat to launch to assist the male who was on an isolated beach at Seaford Head after he was stranded by the flood tide.

En-route, the crew prepared the inflatable Y-boat. Once on scene at 7:18pm, the Y-boat was launched. The man was evacuated from the beach and found to be safe and well. No medical attention was required.

The man was taken back to Newhaven lifeboat station from where he made his way home. The lifeboat returned to station at 8pm.

Second Coxswain Lee Blacknell said: “It is always worth checking the tide times before setting off under the cliffs. Light was starting to fade and the wind was increasing.

“It is very important to Respect The Water. Please check out the RNLI’s to understand the risks when out on or near the water. If in any doubt ask HM Coastguards for advice.”

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