Man airlifted to hospital after being rescued from base of cliffs

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A man was rushed to hospital this afternoon (Wednesday, March 30) after being pulled from water at the base of cliffs in Seaford.

Newhaven’s lifeboat was launched at 2.45pm to reports of a person in the water near Seaford Head. The person was being observed by a police helicopter and HM Coastguards until the lifeboat arrived.

Newhaven’s lifeboat arrived at the position in under 10 minutes and immediately launched its daughter Y boat. The lifeboat crew in the small inflatable tried to recover the man, but due to the breaking surf and rebounding waves, it was not possible.

A HM Coastguard rescue helicopter was tasked, which once on scene, recovered the man from close to the surf line.

A paramedic on HM Coastguard Rescue helicopter R163 is thought to have detected possible signs of life, so the man was immediately flown to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. His condition is unknown at this stage.

Newhaven Lifeboat Coxswain Paul Legendre praised the skill of the HM Coastguard helicopter crew in making what was a difficult recovery due to the breaking surf and rebounding waves.

He said: “Our thoughts are with the man and his family at this difficult time.”

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