This is why the coastguard helicopter was on the beach near Hastings
A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the coastguard received a 999 call shortly after 6pm after a swimmer got into difficulties in the water at Pett Level, near Hastings.
The spokesman said: “Coastguard rescue teams from Hastings and Rye Bay were sent, along with Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat, an RNLI lifeboat from Rye Harbour and a coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lydd.
“The person was brought to shore by a member of the public and was attended to by coastguards and the helicopter winchman before being passed into the care of South East Coast Ambulance Service.”
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