Two people were rescued by lifeboat crews after being cut off by the tide on one of the hottest days of the year.

The beachgoers were enjoying the first of the summer sun in Seaford on Sunday afternoon when they were caught out by the incoming waters which trapped them between Splash Point and Hope Gap.

Footage of the rescue shows lifeboat crews rescuing the pair in an RNLI dinghy before returning safely to the shore.

The charity has now warned people to keep safe on the coast, saying it rescues hundreds of people cut off by the tide every year.

Volunteer crews in Newhaven were paged shortly after midday after a fishing vessel reported seeing two people stranded just east of Seaford Beach.

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The crews used a smaller dinghy boat to recover the pair from the rocky shoreline then checked them over for injuries and returned them to safety.

An RNLI spokesman said more than 350 people were rescued after being cut off by the tide in 2020.

RNLI volunteer Sam Smith said: “Tide times and heights vary throughout the month and can easily leave people stranded and requiring help.

“It’s important to always check the tide times before heading out to the coast. If you find yourself or see anyone else in difficulty call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”