Walkers trapped as tide comes in at Beachy Head

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Four walkers from Belarus were rescued on Tuesday (July 2) after they became trapped at the foot of cliffs at Beachy Head by the rising tide.

Eastbourne inshore lifeboat was initially called out at 6.38pm to recover a body from the foot of Beachy Head.

While the lifeboat crew were en route to the scene, HM Coastguard received a call from shipping vessel the Wessex Explorer.

The Wessex Explorer said they had observed four people cut off by the rising tide near the Beachy Head lighthouse.

The lifeboat had to be diverted from the original call to the trapped group while Eastbourne RNLI’s (Royal National LIfeboat Institution) all-weather lifeboat was sent to the initial operation.

The lifeboat was soon on scene and collected the four walkers from the beach and delivered them to the waiting all-weather lifeboat.

The all weather lifeboat stood off while the lifeboat completed its original tasking and then both boats returned to their respective stations.

The four reached land safely and posed for a photograph (pictured) to show they were in good spirits after their ordeal.

An RNLI spokesman later thanked the crew of Wessex Explorer for their vigilance.

He said that without their help the four visitors might well have spent many uncomfortable hours trapped on the beach.

The Eastbourne RNLI has been operating for 185 years as a lifeboat station, helping to save lives at sea.

It currently operates an all-weather Tamar Class lifeboat ‘Diamond Jubilee’ and an inshore DClass lifeboat ‘Laurence and Percy Hobbs’.

If you can help with fundraising, the RNLI would like to hear from you.

It can be help on a regular basis or a couple of hours when you have time.

You may wish to organise an event or you may be able to help by collecting and selling lifeboat souvenirs.

Anyone interested can contact Jane Mercer on 01323 506365 or email janemercer66@yahoo.co.uk

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea.

It provides, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service and a seasonal lifeguard service. Its vision is to end preventable loss of life at sea.

The service is provided wherever possible by volunteers, generously supported by voluntary donations and legacies.

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