Lifebuoys along Eastbourne seafront have been vandalised.
Birling Gap Coastguard has issued a warning that ‘this could have a detrimental impact to the safety of the public at one of our busiest time of year.
” If somebody was to need assistance in the water and the equipment isn’t there or is damaged, this could result in the loss of life.”
It adds: “A few weeks ago we was tasked to the same area in the small hours to a report of an object in the water sparking a search by HM coastguard Eastbourne & Birling gap coastguard rescue teams, Sussex police and Eastbourne RNLI.
It turns out the object was one of these life buoys.
This subsequently leads to further searches incase there was to be any persons missing in the water.
After further investigations and speaking to members of the public, it transpired that the equipment had been thrown into the sea and that there was no persons in difficulties.
Imagine our disappointment and concern to find out that again, these vital life saving pieces of equipment has been vandalised/ discarded.
The impact could result in large scale rescue efforts, tying up resources which could be otherwise deployed.
A more major and devastating impact could be the loss of life.
Please if you do see any lifesaving kit being tampered with in anyway, please contact the police immediately.In a coastal emergency, or if you suspect someone may be in difficulty please dial 999 and ask for the coastguard!”
Photo courtesy of Clifford Haffenden.