WARNING AFTER PAIR CUT OFF BY THE TIDE

The pair were airlifted to safety after the rescue on Saturday.
The pair were airlifted to safety after the rescue on Saturday.

TWO people had to be airlifted to safety after they were cut off by the tide at Seaford Head.

The pair, who were not local, were on a shingle beach 300 metres east of Splash Point when they got into trouble on Saturday.

A member of the public contacted coastguards shortly before midday and Newhaven’s all-weather Severn Class lifeboat RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland was launched.

But due to the rough sea conditions it was decided that it was not safe to access the beach.

Solent Coastguard scrambled the coastguard rescue helicopter and the Newhaven Coastguard rescue team helped in preparing a landing site for the helicopter on the golf course above the cliffs, while the Newhaven lifeboat stood by ready to offer assistance.

The 25 and 26-year-old were airlifted to the golf course unharmed and were given safety advice by the coastguard.

Alan Novis, Newhaven volunteer lifeboat press officer, said, “The two were visiting the coast for the day when they became cut off by the tide.

“They were not aware of the nature of the tides and were originally from Lithuania.

“They were very lucky as the small shingle beach is one of the few areas which are not completely covered at this stage of the incoming tide.

“Anywhere else along the stretch of coastline was completely submerged. This could have so easily resulted in tragedy.

“To echo the comments made by Solent Coastguard watch officer Liz Hanson, we would also always advise members of the public to check the tide times before setting out on a coastal walk, and if they do get into difficulty, to dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”