LIFEBOAT crews were called to rescue a father and his daughter after being blown out to sea over the weekend.

Shoreham RNLI were called out to south Lancing on Saturday, June 18, to reports of the pair getting into difficulty in the stormy weather. 

The man and young girl were located and found clutching an upturned kayak that was being blown out to sea.

They were rescued and taken ashore into the care of the coastguard team and an ambulance crew who checked the girl over as she was cold and shaken.

The crew then collected the rigid inflatable boat and returned to the station.

It was the third call out for the day after the crew was launched at 4.45pm to a windsurfer in trouble off Hove Lagoon, crews assisted and ensured they were safe before attending another incident at Shoreham Harbour. 

Three people in a small rigid inflatable craft with engine failure were found wet and cold before the crew brought them to shore. 

The crew then collected the boat left at anchor and returned to the station.

The inshore lifeboat was also launched on Thursday, June 16  just after 11pm to a report of a woman in the water in distress at Worthing Pier. 

While on route it was established she had come out of the water and was in the care of the emergency services.

The crew was then called again on Friday 17 at 10pm to assist Brighton lifeboat with a report of five people in distress in the water near the Brighton Pier. 

While on route to the location, it was established that one person had gone into the water in distress and four others who were on the beach went into the water to try and help her. 

All five people managed to get ashore and were checked over by police and ambulance services.

The RNLI has issued advice for people intending to go out in the water following the multiple call-outs last week.

It urges the public to check conditions and tides as well as equipment.

It also says to make sure to “tell someone your plans” and to leave inflatables for the pool.

If you find yourself in an emergency situation or spot someone else in trouble, you should call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.