Lifeboat team launched to help group cut off by tide under Seven Sisters cliffs

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Volunteers from Newhaven RNLI lifeboat station headed out to sea after four people were cut off by the incoming tide under the Seven Sisters cliffs.

The people, who were spotted by a passing vessel, were heading west towards the Cuckmere from Birling Gap. The incoming tide had already cut off the exit route to the Cuckmere.

Newhaven’s Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland’ was on route to help the group last Thursday afternoon when the people realised there was no escape heading west, so turned around and ran back to the safety of the Birling Gap beach area.

Once the lifeboat crew confirmed that no one else was trapped by the incoming tide the lifeboat and coastguard teams were stood down.

Coxswain, Paul Legendre, said, “We would 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.”