Sussex sea rescue as powerboat seen out of control

A powerboat was left circling dangerously in the sea after two people were thrown overboard off Sussex.

Coastguards were alerted after a passer-by saw the boat spinning, with people clinging to a buoy.

Rescue teams were sent to the scene off St Leonards, by which time the two people had managed to swim to shore.

Dover Coastguard said the driver had not worn a kill cord, which meant there was no way to stop the engine when the people were thrown into the sea.

Watch manager Nicola Goodban said the boat was left spinning around them in the water.

She said the lifeboat crew managed to bring it under control and cut off the engine.

'Check kill cord'

"This Sunday morning boat trip could easily have ended in tragedy," she said

"We always recommend you wear a kill cord when out on a powerboat.

"One end of the kill cord is attached near the throttle and the other should go around the helmsman's leg.

"You should always check your kill cord works at the start of each day or session and remember to renew it regularly."

The two people who were on the boat were unhurt.

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