Rescuers save two people from rough seas in one day

Emergency vehicles at Eastbourne Pier. Suspected rescue of someone in water'08/06/12
Emergency vehicles at Eastbourne Pier. Suspected rescue of someone in water'08/06/12

TWO people had to be dragged from the sea in separate incidents last Friday (June 8).

The first incident happened at around 2.30am after a young student went for a dip in the sea at an end-of-term party.

The young woman was taken to Eastbourne DGH in a stable condition after being rescued by coastguards.

She was part of a 200-strong group of students who gathered on Eastbourne beach.

Inspector Rachel Barrow, from Eastbourne Neighbourhood Police Team, said University of Brighton had contacted Sussex Police in advance to inform them the students would be having an end-of-year celebration on the beach.

Insp Barrow said, “About 200 students made their way to the lower promenade and beach towards the end of the evening and were enjoying themselves in a very good-natured way.

“As a safety precaution officers made a point of checking in on the group and fortunately they were on hand to help a teenage girl who got into difficulty in the water at about 2.30am.”

A spokesperson for the University of Brighton said, “The safety and well-being of our students is our paramount concern at all times.

“Our staff informed Sussex Police of the celebration plans and safety messages were issued.

“We will look into the circumstances surrounding the incident to see whether lessons can be learned.

“We are very concerned a student was injured during the celebrations and are in contact with Eastbourne District General Hospital.”

The second incident happened around 12 hours later as high winds hit Eastbourne and cause rough waters.

The police were called at around 3pm after reports of a woman in difficulty in the sea, just to the west of the pier.

A member of the public, believed to be a holidaymaker staying in a seafront hotel, managed to pull her to safety.

She was in a serious condition and was taken to Eastbourne DGH by ambulance.

The man who rescued her did not require hospital treatment and is understood to have returned to his hotel without making himself known.

It is not known how the woman came to be in the water and police are currently investigating the circumstances.