Newhaven incident: two teenagers stranded on harbour after stormy weather causes sea level to rise

A 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy had to be rescued after they were stranded on a harbour.

By Katharine Hay
Saturday, 24th October 2020, 9:43 am

The pair of teenagers were at Newhaven harbour on a slipway that leads out to sea at about 9.30pm on Friday evening.

But due to a quick turn in the weather, the sea level rose, covering the path back to the mainland with water and leaving them stranded.

The fire service, police and and ambulance were called to assist with the incident.

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Emergency services at the scene after being called to rescue to young people who were stranded at Newhaven Harbour picture: supplied

One concerned resident in the area said: “Sometimes people get trapped out there when the weather suddenly turns horrible.

"There were a lot of emergency services at the harbour last night.

"I hope whoever was stuck, which is what I assume was the case, got back alright.”

A spokesman for Scottish Fire and Rescue service said: “We were called to assist with a rescue at about 10pm on Friday, October 24 where two members of the public had become stranded on the slipway at Newhaven Harbour due to the bad weather.

"Firefighters assisted in bringing them back to safety.

"An ambulance was in attendance to check them over but there were no injuries to report.”

A police spokesperson said: "We received a report of two youths standing in the water and unable to get back over the wall at Newhaven harbour around 9.35pm on Friday, 23 October.

"Fire service and ambulance service attended alongside police officers. A 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy were rescued and returned to their parents."

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