Eastbourne inshore lifeboat, later joined by coastguard rescue helicopter 104, spent over two hours searching for a person who was thought to have walked fully clothed into the sea yesterday afternoon

A member of the public reportedly saw a fully clothed female walk into the sea in Norman’s Bay shortly before 3pm yesterday afternoon (27 Aug). The first informant then went home to call the rescue services. The volunteer crew of Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat were requested to launch and were on scene shortly thereafter. After a thorough search of the entire area with local coastguard teams scouring the shoreline and rescue helicopter 104 conducting a thermal search, the rescue attempt was finally stood down after over two hours with nothing found. The alert was recorded as a false alarm with good intent.