BEACH-GOERS are being warned not to ‘chance it’ and go in the sea in unsuitable conditions, after a teenager had to be rescued and resuscitated last week.
The 17-year-old was taken to the Eastbourne DGH in a serious condition after getting into difficulty in the sea near Splash Point, Seaford, weeks after another teenager was rescued near the same point.
After the first incident Trevor Cutler, station officer at Newhaven Coastguard, warned people that situation could have been different.
He reiterated his point after the latest rescue, which saw the teenager having to be resuscitated for 45 minutes after he was pulled from the water and was found to not be breathing.
His 18-year-old friend suffered from shock and cold. A quick- thinking member of the public had thrown a life ring to him and dragged him from the water.
On the day in question the waves were 10 feet high and the current dragged the younger teen underneath.
Mr Cutler, who said the pair had been jumping off the break water at Splash Point, warned, “Don’t go into the sea with these horrendous conditions. You can’t chance it, there was a very strong under-current, big sea and strong wind.
“The effects you get when you are in there is like being in a washing machine.
“If they hadn’t been noticed there would have been two fatalities without a doubt.”
The drama unfolded at around 6pm last Thursday when a member of the public dialled 999 which resulted in the Newhaven Coastguard team, Newhaven All Weather Lifeboat, the air ambulance and South East Coast Ambulance Service attending the scene.
He was taken to the DGH by ambulance, with a doctor from the air ambulance travelling with the crew on the journey.
On Thursday a spokesman from the NHS Trust which runs the hospital said the 17-year-old boy was in a critical but stable condition.