COASTGUARD crews were tasked with rescuing a group of kayakers near a beauty spot.

The team from Newhaven which came to the aid of a trio at Seaford Head yesterday has issued a warning to those looking to get back in the water after lockdown measures were eased last week.

A spokesman said: “Our team was called along with Eastbourne Lifeboat to locate and extract three kayakers who had got in to difficulty under Seaford head.

“(This was) a great joint rescue with a good outcome.

“When planning a sea kayak trip, please make sure you have the correct clothing and equipment for safety.”

In a coastal emergency, people are urged to call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

This incident follows a busy weekend for coastguard crews in Sussex, with teams being tasked with search operations, helping people who had injured themselves after falling on slippery rocks and more.

This was the case across the country, with crews responding to 194 incidents over the first weekend since lockdown measures were loosened.

A HM Coastguard spokesman said: “There were 84 callouts on Saturday and a further 109 on Sunday.

This proved to be the second busiest weekend of the year so far for the coastguard, as significant numbers of people took to the water having chosen to visit the coast.”