Eleven year old boy rescued by coastguard rescue team

At three minutes to one this afternoon, Solent Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public reporting a young boy cut off by the tide near Badgers Watch car park, Peacehaven.

Newhaven Coastguard rescue team were immediately called and the Brighton RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch. A coastguard rescue helicopter was also scrambled.

When the Newhaven Coastguard rescue team arrived on scene, they lowered a coastguard rescue officer down to the boy who placed him in a harness and they were both winched back up the cliff. The lifeboat and helicopter were both stood down before arriving on scene.

Kyle Hutchins aged 11, was with a friend playing at the coast and had placed himself into a position where he had been cut off by the tide and was unable to extricate himself from his situation. The sea was already up to his ankles when he was rescued.

He was then released into the care of his mother who had been contacted, a little wet but none the worse for his ordeal.

Ross Greenhill, South Downs Coastguard sector manager said:

Fortunately for this young man he was spotted by a member of the public who called the Coastguard by dialling 999.

We were then able to rescue him utilising our rope rescue equipment.

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Published on: 2008-04-24

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