Four overseas visitors from Belarus were rescued by Eastbourne inshore lifeboat this evening (2 July) after they become trapped below the cliffs at Beachy Head by the rising tide
Initially the inshore lifeboat was requested by Dover Coastguard at 6.38pm to recover a body from the beach at the foot of cliffs near Beachy Head. Whilst the volunteer ILB crew were en route, HM Coastguard received a message from the survey vessel Wessex Explorer saying they had observed four people evidently cut off by the rising tide near the Beachy Head lighthouse. Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat was immediately tasked to join the operation whilst the ILB was diverted to the trapped people. The ILB was soon on scene and collected the four walkers from the beach and delivered them to the waiting all-weather lifeboat. The ALB stood off while the ILB completed its original tasking and then both boats returned to their respective stations.
An RNLI spokesman later thanked the crew of Wessex Explorer for their vigilance saying that without their help these people might well have spent many uncomfortable hours trapped on the beach.