Sussex

Two rescued from rising tide near Seaford

Rescue off Seaford's Splash Point
Image caption The sea was too rough for a rescue by the RNLI lifeboat

Two people have been rescued by helicopter after getting cut off by the tide on the East Sussex coast.

The alarm was raise about 11:50 BST when two people were spotted shouting for help as the tide came in around them at Splash Point near Seaford.

The Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the area was not reachable by either the RNLI lifeboat or the coastguard's rescue team.

The coastguard helicopter was scrambled and the two people airlifted to safety.

At first thought to be two children, the two adults, aged 25 and 26, from Slough, were taken to a nearby golf course, unharmed.

The lifeboat arrived on the scene but the sea was too rough to rescue them and it was too unsafe for a coastguard team to reach the pair on foot.

Liz Hanson, from Solent Coastguard, said: "They were lucky they were spotted by members of the public who were able to raise the alarm.

"We always advise members of the public to check the tide times before setting out on a coastal walk."

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