Children stranded by the incoming tide

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Lifeboat crews had to rescue three children and their soaking wet parent who had swum around the cliff on Sunday (April 7).

Volunteers from Newhaven’s RNLI lifeboat station were launched at 7.38pm to rescue a man and three children who had been cut off by the tide around 250 metres east of Splash Point, Seaford.

Newhaven’s Severn Class lifeboat, RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland, rushed to the scene.

It was reported that the three children had been walking along the beach from Hope Gap to Seaford and had misjudged the incoming tide.

They had contacted their parents, one of whom had swum around the cliff to reassure the children.

Having arrived on scene the lifeboat’s Y class boat was launched with three crew members on board.

The concerned man was taken off the beach first while a lifeboat crew member tried to warm up the children with numerous blankets on the shore.

The man, who was very cold and wet, was taken to Splash Point where Newhaven Coastguards carried him to an awaiting ambulance.

The Y boat returned to the isolated cove where the three children were brought to safety of Seaford Bay and greeted by their worried families.

After picking up the crew member who remained ashore, the Y boat was recovered where the lifeboat returned to station.