Man winched to safety at Beachy Head

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A MAJOR operation was launched last night to rescue a man who became trapped after his car went over the edge of a cliff at Beachy Head.

The Fire Service’s Technical Rescue Units were sent, along with four fire engines and an Aerial Ladder Platform, after the emergency call came in to East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Mobilising and Communication Centre at 9.55pm last night (Monday June 18).

Officials say crews had to act quickly in the face of a rapidly rising tide to keep safe both the casualty and the emergency service workers.

Fire service crew commander David Nichols said, “When we arrived at the scene we went to the cliff’s edge and could see the car on the beach on its roof. We were speaking to the gentleman all the time and managed to get him out via the side window. Ambulance crews stabilised him on the beach where a coastguard team set-up a recovery stretcher. The casualty was then winched up the cliff and taken away to hospital by ambulance.”

The man is today recovering in hospital.