Police officer injured in Beachy Head drama

Eastbourne has celebrated more than 185 years as a lifeboat station and currently operates an all-weather Mersey Class lifeboat 'The Royal Thames' and an inshore D-Class lifeboat 'Laurence and Percy Hobbs'.
Eastbourne has celebrated more than 185 years as a lifeboat station and currently operates an all-weather Mersey Class lifeboat 'The Royal Thames' and an inshore D-Class lifeboat 'Laurence and Percy Hobbs'.

A POLICE OFFICER was injured trying to help a man stranded on rocks at Beachy Head this morning, March 9.

The Sussex Police helicopter on patrol spotted a man on a steep slope about 40ft from the foot of the cliffs.

Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was scrambled along with the coastguard cliff rescue team, an ambulance and police.

At first rescuers thought the man had tried to escape the incoming tide by climbing the cliff.

But he was identified as someone who had been involved in incidents at the same location in the past.

He refused to talk with the volunteer lifeboat crew and the cliff rescue team.

It was decided that police officers would walk along the beach to encourage him to return to the beach. He was not injured.

Police too were unable to communicate with the man. Dover Coastguard, co-ordinating the rescue, decided the man was in no immediate danger.

So all the emergency services withdrew to avoid causing undue stress.

One police officer hurt his ankle on the rough terrain, whilst with a colleague. He was collected from the beach by the inshore lifeboat.

Both officers were then returned to the ILB station where the injured officer was transferred to a waiting ambulance.