Injured base jumper rescued from foot of cliffs at Beachy Head

An injured base jumper who broke his leg while attempting to land at the base of Beachy Head was rescued on Tuesday evening (June 25).

Eastbourne RNLI was launched at 9.52pm after members of the coastguard cliff rescue team reported that a base jumper had sustained a leg injury while attempting to land. Three crewmen including the station doctor assessed the casualty and stabilised his condition at the scene.

A spokesman for the RNLI said: “With the all weather lifeboat standing by to support the inshore lifeboat in the potentially treacherous waters off Beachy Head and working in conjunction with the coastguard team, the inshore lifeboat landed three crewmen including the station doctor. Meanwhile the helicopter landed on the cliff top to await reports from the RNLI team on the beach.”

The base jumper was made comfortable and prepared for airlift to hospital. Crews said the helicopter took off, lowered a winch-man to the beach and collected the casualty before he was flown to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.