Beachgoers have been urged to stay safe after three men drifted out to sea on an inflatable boat off Seaford shore in an incident which ‘could have easily turned into a tragedy’.
Coxswain Paul Legendre issued the warning after volunteers from Newhaven’s RNLI Lifeboat Station headed out to the trio after a family member on the beach raised the alarm.
Newhaven’s Severn Class lifeboat David and Elizabeth Acland was launched yesterday (Thursday) at 12.37pm and headed at full speed to the craft, which by this time was almost a mile off shore.
The three men had managed to attract the attention of a passing yacht Demetrius which stood by until the lifeboat arrived.
The trio, who were cold but otherwise unharmed, were brought onboard the lifeboat. They were then reunited with their family on Seaford beach where coastguards were waiting to offer safety advice.
Coxswain Paul Legendre said, “The three men were very lucky in the strong northerly breeze as they were getting blown out to sea at a fast rate,
“We would always recommend that the absolute minimum safety equipment is life jackets as this situation could have so easily turned into a tragedy.
“Please always take care with inflatable craft when there is a strong northerly breeze and if possible have a line from the inflatable to the beach.”