A COURAGEOUS coastguard crew member swam through strong waves to save a person in the sea.

Emergency teams were scrambled to Cuckmere Haven after a 999 call at 1.10pm alerted them to two people in the water near the beauty spot.

One person had been able to make their way back to shore.

The second was stranded at sea.

A member of the coastguard crew entered the water.

They recovered the casualty who was flown to hospital by helicopter.