Newhaven Lifeboat find people cut off by the tide at Seven Sisters

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Newhaven Lifeboat launched at the request of HM Coastguard following reports of numerous people being cut off by the tide below the Seven Sisters on Saturday 8 January 2022.

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Newhaven RNLI in rescue of three people cut off by the tide
RNLI pagers sounded at 2pm. Newhaven’s Severn class All-weather Lifeboat, David and Elizabeth Acland, launched into a moderate to rough sea state, 30-plus knots of wind and poor visibility.

Lewis Arnold, Coxswain, says, ‘We were tasked by HM Coastguard to conduct a search for the reported casualties along the Seven Sisters to Belle Toute lighthouse.’

Shortly after their arrival on scene, the Lifeboat located three people cut off by the tide, who were unable to make their way to safety.

Lewis Arnold, Coxswain, says, ‘Due to the four metre wave height, the only option for safe extraction of the casualties was by helicopter.’

HM Coastguard rescue helicopter 163 winched the three casualties up to the helicopter. Newhaven Lifeboat stood by until all casualties were safely recovered before returning to the Station.

Lewis Arnold, Coxswain, says, ‘Tides rise quickly and can easily catch people out. If you’re planning a coastal walk or seaside activity, we strongly urge people to check the weather and tides before setting out.’

‘If you do get into difficulty or see anyone else in trouble in the water, please call 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard, so that we can do our best to achieve a positive outcome as was witnessed today.’

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HM Coastguard rescue helicopter 163 in rescue of three people cut off by the tide

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HM Coastguard during rescue of three people cut off by the tide at Seven Sisters

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