Lifeboat rescues ten-old-boy swept out sea in kayak in Peacehaven

Newhaven Lifeboat
Newhaven Lifeboat

A child whose kayak was swept out to sea at Peacehaven was rescued by the volunteer crew of Newhaven Lifeboat on Saturday May 17.

The ten-year-old boy was adrift in the yellow kayak alongside his father and eight-year-old sister who were in an inflatable.

Newhaven Lifeboat was launched at 1.30pm to help the family, who were wearing buoyancy vests.

Volunteers quickly spotted them half a mile from the shore at the western end of the undercliff.

They were taken on board the lifeboat and dropped off near the beach into the care of Newhaven Coastguard.

The lifeboat was again ready for service at 2.30pm.

Newhaven Lifeboat second Coxswain Lee Blacknell said: “When children are using such watercraft it is worth keeping a line attached from the shore as they can be easily swept out by the strong currents.”