Christmas morning call out for Hastings RNLI lifeboats' volunteers

Both

of Hastings RNLI lifeboats were called out at 10.30am yesterday

morning following reports of people in the sea off St Leonards.

The volunteer crews of both Hastings lifeboats had

their Christmas morning interrupted by a call from the Coastguard

because of people in the sea off St Leonards.

With the wind gusting to

Force 9, both boats raced to the scene knowing that anybody in the water

in such conditions could quickly be in trouble.

By the time the boats arrived, the people in the sea had apparently

been swept back to shore with unfortunately one casualty being seriously

injured and evacuated by air ambulance.

The Hastings all-weather lifeboat stayed on scene until all were

accounted for before returning to the lifeboat station through a three-metre swell.

Hastings RNLI Coxswain Steve Warne said: ‘This was a difficult

search, carried out in difficult weather conditions.

‘It is also a stark

reminder to those who go near the sea that sometimes events can take a

nasty turn.

‘We at the RNLI ask people to be vigilant and careful, and if

the sea is rough to keep well away.’

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