The Brighton RNLI lifeboat crew rescued two people from the sea early this morning (Sunday 20 July) a few hundred yards south of West Street in Brighton.
One of the pair, a fully clothed woman believed to be in her early twenties, was reported to be in difficulty.
A partially clothed man, also in his twenties, had gone to help her, lifeboat operations manager Roger Cohen said. And he too seemed to be struggling.
Both appeared to have been drinking.
The lifeboat was called about at about 4.30am and reached the scene about 200 yards offshore within 15 minutes. The woman was swiftly given oxygen and both were taken ashore.
Mr Cohen said that the pair were handed over to a South East Coast Ambulance Service crew on the beach by West Street.
He said: “The message is that alcohol and the sea don’t mix.”