Man dies after Seaford Head rescue

Coastguard helicopter
Coastguard helicopter

A man who was airlifted to hospital after being found in a critical condition at Seaford Head yesterday (March 30) has died.

The 49-year-old East Sussex man was found in the water at the base of the cliffs at around 2.25pm after he had been reported missing to police.

Police called the Newhaven Lifeboat and HM Coastguard helicopter to assist with the rescue.

The helicopter crew attempted to resuscitate the man once he had been recovered but he was confirmed dead on arrival at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner’s officer has been informed.

A spokeswoman for the coastguard said, “At 2.30pm on Wednesday, March 30 Sussex Police contacted the UK Coastguard and asked for their assistance with an incident at Seaford Head, Sussex.

“Newhaven and Birling Gap Coastguard Rescue Teams, along with the RNLI Newhaven Lifeboat were sent to assist. The UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Lydd was also sent to the scene.”

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