Eastbourne lifeboat rescues two visitors stranded by rising tide

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Two people were rescued by Eastbourne lifeboat this afternoon after they were cut off by the rising tide near the Belle Tout lighthouse.

The inshore lifeboat rescued two overseas visitors who were unaware of the tidal conditions.

They had been backed up against the cliffs for some time and were cold and wet by the time they were taken aboard the craft.

The couple were then taken to the steps at Birling Gap where they were met by Coastguard officers.

Earlier in the day, the all-weather lifeboat responded to a call for assistance from the commercial fishing vessel, Sarah Louisa when her propeller and rudder became entangled in discarded fishing gear.

Eastbourne ALB launched at 12.54pm at the request of Dover Coastguard to assist the fishing vessel, which was six miles offshore from Sovereign Harbour.

The propeller was freed, but rope around the rudder was still causing severe steering problems, so the lifeboat escorted the fishing vessel as it made its way slowly back to harbour under its own power.