Man rushed to hospital after cliff fall


A man was rushed to hospital after being rescued from the base of cliffs at Seven Sisters on Sunday afternoon (May 22).

Newhaven’s lifeboat crew was launched at 2.15pm to reports of a person who had fallen from cliffs at Baileys Hill, to the west of Birling Gap.

Once at the scene, the lifeboat’s inflatable Y boat was immediately launched, with three crew members armed with full medical kits. They were joined on scene by the Birling Gap Coastguards and the Coastguard rescue helicopter 163.

A paramedic was immediately winched down to the man, who was conscious and waving at the time.

After giving immediate first aid, the man was lifted into the helicopter and taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital at Brighton, where his condition is unknown.

Second Coxswain Lee Blacknell said: “With much of the chalk cliffs crumbling, please stay well away from the cliff edge for your own safety. Our thoughts are with the man and his family, we wish him a speedy recovery.”

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