Brighton Lifeboat volunteers attend two call outs in the space of an hour

Lifeboats News Release

Brighton lifeboat were launched today (Saturday 11th April) at 9:30pm to assist Sussex Police in two separate incidents taking place on Brighton Beach.

The initial call was to a person in the water just of Black Rock. Upon arriving on scene it was established that the individual had made it safely back to the beach and was not in the care of Sussex Police.

The volunteers were then re-assigned to investigate lights being seen coming from beneath the water at the end of the Brighton Pier.

As the lifeboat got closer to the pier it was understood that the lights were coming from a diver underneath the pier.

Once at the pier the diver was seen to be exiting the sea. The diver was spoken to by Sussex Police and Newhaven Coastguard and Brighton lifeboat returned home.

The RNLI are urging the public to not take part in any water based activity on or in the sea, to reduce the risk to the lifesaving charity’s volunteer crews and other emergency services being exposed to COVID-19, and the pressure on their time.

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