Eastbourne man detained after boat runs aground on beach

The boat in the gale
Image caption The boat was battered in gale force winds on Eastbourne sands

A man has been detained under the Mental Health Act after a boat ran aground on Eastbourne sands.

Police said they were made aware of the vessel at around 20:20 GMT on Friday as it was first seen near the pier.

At about 22:45 coastguards rescued one 65-year-old man from the grounded boat, who was taken to hospital where he was detained.

Police said they will maintain the safety of the boat until it can be removed on Monday.

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