Coastguard

Coast Guard vessels in an incident near Brighton Palace Pier


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The Coast Guard were called into the waters near Brighton Palace Pier following reports of a person in the water.
Brighton Rescue Station and Shoreham Rescue Station were paged around 5:20 p.m. this afternoon, along with the local Coast Guard to deal with an incident.The helicopter appeared to drop someone into the water

Footage from the scene sent to The Argus shows a man getting off the helicopter in the rough waters below. The video appears to show two figures lifted from the water, before the helicopter left the scene.

Andrew Gibson, who filmed the scene from his home at Marine Parade, said: “I could hear the helicopter flying and it clicked that something had to be in place.

“I couldn’t believe anyone was in the water today. I’ve never seen waves this big and violent. I really hope they are okay.”

The Coast Guard has since left the scene of the incident.

It comes as the Sussex coast is battered by gusts of up to 49 mph as Storm Evert swept through southern England.

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