Rock fall victim is airlifted to hospital

Rock rescue pic

Rock rescue pic

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A MAN had to be airlifted to hospital after falling on rocks at Holywell on Tuesday.

He suffered a serious head injury, broken ribs and broken ankle after the accident.

It happened shortly after lunch when the 37-year-old local man tripped and fell on rocks on the beach just west of the Holywell Tea Chalet.

He was discovered by a lady out walking her dog who immediately called 999.

Eastbourne Coastguard Rescue Team and other emergency services rushed to the scene of the conscious but severely injured man.

Coastguard David Nott, the duty response officers, said, “I was paged by Dover Coastguard for an immediate response to this incident and myself and station officer Stuart McNab attended and assisted the ambulance service and doctor at the scene.

“The casualty was stabilised on the beach before being airlifted to Kings College Hospital in London by the Kent Air Ambulance.”

The man told his rescuers that he had been walking from Holywell to Cow Gap.

A spokesperson for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance said, “The air ambulance’s doctor and critical care paramedic attended and the patient was flown by the charity helicopter to King’s College Hospital in London, a major trauma centre.”