Boy found clinging to basketball at sea rescued by Sussex lifeboat

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Lifeboat crews in East Sussex rescued a teenage boy who was clinging to a basketball to stay afloat off the coast of Seaford Beach.

Newhaven RNLI was called out on Monday afternoon to rescue the boy, who was found five hundred metres off of the coast.

The fourteen-year-old was spotted by two paddleboarders, who helped him to reach the lifeboat.

He suffered no serious injuries, but was checked over by paramedics when he was brought to shore.

On the same day, lifeboat crews were then called out to assist police to help search for two people missing in the Seven Sisters County Park.

They were later found at the cliffs, standing on a slippery chalk boulder, having been cut off by the tide.

Both casualties were safely rescued and brought ashore for a check over.

Newhaven Lifeboat launch Y-boat to transfer rescued casualties to shore Credit: RNLI/Will Morris

The rescues comes at a time when the RNLI and HM Coastguard are warning the public to be vigilant when in open water, as more head to the coast during the hot weather.

If you're swimming in this beautiful weather, please remember that the water is still cold, and the wind and currents can make it very difficult to get back to shore if you've swum out further than you intended.

Lewis Arnold, Newhaven RNLI Coxswain

HM Coastguards' tips on beach dangers and coastal safety:

  • Digging in the sand: although usually harmless, digging large holes can be dangerous if the sand caves in. Avoid digging tunnels or deep pits below waist height and fill in any holes you dig before you leave the beach.

  • Inflatables: inflatables can be swept out to sea by currents and offshore winds. If you get swept out to sea stay with your inflatable and shout for help. If you see an inflatable that’s been blown away to sea, call 999 Coastguard.

  • Rip currents: these are difficult to spot, and even the most experienced swimmers can be caught off guard. Choose a life-guarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags.

  • On the rocks: to avoid getting caught out by the tide, check the weather and tide times before going out. Also avoid slippery and unstable rocks, take notice of signs, don’t climb up cliffs and be careful in sea caves so you don’t get trapped.

  • Dog walking: dogs can get into trouble whilst exploring, so always keep them on a lead at the coast especially near cliff edges. If they get stuck on a ledge, in mud or swept out to sea, don’t go after them. Most dogs make it back safely, but you might not.

  • Mud and quicksand: Avoid crossing bays and walking through mud where there can be hidden channels of fast-flowing water. If you do get trapped, spread your weight evenly across the surface, and stop others from trying to help you, as they might get stuck too.