A playful seal sparked a sea rescue off the Eastbourne coast this morning (Saturday).
Several members of the public called the coastguard as they were concerned the seal was in difficulties off the beach opposite the York House Hotel and possibly caught up in fishing nets.
The inshore lifeboat was launched and although nothing was initially found, several sweeps of the area the seal came to the surface.
A lifeboat spokesperson said, “The watch officer at Dover Coastguard received several calls from anxious members of the public when a seal was spotted
some 50 metres offshore apparently in difficulties and possibly caught up in fishing nets.
“Initially the volunteer lifeboat crew found nothing but after several sweeps of the area the seal broke surface to enquire what all the fuss was about.
“After a brief frolic with the crew it happily returned to its prime objective of catching a fish for its lunch. The lifeboat crew returned to station happy in the knowledge that the casualty was fit and well.”