LIFEBOAT crews were launched to help an intoxicated person in a precarious position along the coast.

On Twitter, the RNLI's Brighton Lifeboat station said that crews from their station and Shoreham launched at around 10.45pm yesterday evening (January 13) and stayed at the scene in Brighton for an hour.

Police from Brighton and Hove also attended the incident and the person was taken away from the water's edge.

A spokesman for the lifeboat station said: "Alcohol can seriously impair your judgement, reactions and ability to swim.

"Slips, trips and falls are common and many alcohol-related accidents begin near, rather than in the water."

The lifeboat station encouraged people to "know the risks" of drinking near water, with advice on the RNLI's website.

Sussex Police have been approached for comment.

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