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Warning to Sussex beachgoers as hot weather leads to rise in emergency calls
Ambulance chiefs have warned hotheads to stay out of trouble as Sussex sizzles in the summer sun.
Emergency calls this weekend were up by nearly a third compared to last year as scorching temperatures neared 30C.
Tens of thousands of holidaymakers squeezed onto Brighton beach on Saturday and Sunday with traders enjoying the busiest weekend in years.
But emergency crews issued warnings after the hot weather went to some sunseekers’ heads.
In Brighton, paramedics condemned youngsters who took their lives in their hands by hurling themselves from a groyne into the sea in front of cheering onlookers.
So-called ‘tombstoners’ were also spotted at Splash Point near Seaford.
A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance said: “We would strongly advise anyone thinking of tombstoning not to do it.
“It’s an activity that puts lives in danger.”
Superintendent Simon Nelson, of Sussex Police, wrote on Twitter: “Please talk to your children about tombstoning.
“Many young people die or become permanently disabled after jumping onto hidden rocks.”
The bad behaviour continued on Saturday afternoon when volunteer lifeboat crews were abused by jet skiers.
The team at Brighton RNLI station was called out to speak to the thrillseekers as they were travelling too close to swimmers off Brighton beach.
But when the lifeboat neared the jet skiers they received a “torrent of abuse”, according to a coastguard officer.
In Bexhill, thoughtless pranksters removed all the seafront lifebelts and tied them together to a railing.
Frustrated lifeguards spent the morning untying the lifesaving rings so they could be used to save swimmers in trouble.
The hot weather caused problems on dry land too, as ambulances were called out to 2,716 incidents, nearly 30% more than the same weekend last year.
Roads into Brighton and Hove were at a standstill for much of the weekend as sunseekers flocked to the beach while Brighton station was heaving as visitors crammed into the city.
On Sunday morning, Brighton beach was littered with sleeping bodies who had bedded down on the pebbles instead of going home for the night.
But the summer scorcher wasn’t all bad news, with traders enjoying a bumper weekend. Seb Cole, owner of Boho Gelato ice cream shop in Brighton, said he had sold more than 1,250 ice creams over the two days.
He said: “This is our best week ever since we opened three years ago. The warm spell is great boost for local businesses and it comes at just the right time.”
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