‘Lucky escape’ for paraglider after colliding with cliffs in Newhaven

Newhaven rescue
Newhaven rescue

A paraglider had a lucky escape after he got stuck 20ft from the ground when his parachute got wedged in the cliff face at Newhaven’s West Beach.

Other paragliders clubbed together to erect a safety line on the stricken paraglider to prevent him from falling any further down the cliff.

The incident happened on Saturday (May 10) at 11am and saw Newhaven Lifeboat attend the scene.

A spokesman for the lifeboat service said: “The paragliders parachute was fixed on the cliff face and the weight of the paraglider meant he was firmly stuck in that position.

“Two crew were readied with dry suits and the inflatable Y boat was prepared for launch.

“Once off the beach near the scene the inflatable Y boat was immediately launched and one crew member went to reassure the casualty who was stuck approximately 20ft from the ground.

“Soon afterwards coastguards arrived on scene and the Newhaven Fire Brigade were also called.”

A coastguard cliff rescue member was lowered down the cliffs and attached himself to the paraglider.

The paraglider was then raised slightly so that the parachute could be released.

The spokesman continued: “The casualty was then safely lowered to the base of the cliff where lifeboat crew, fire brigade and a paramedic were waiting.

“The paraglider was uninjured after what was a lucky escape.”

It was a busy day for the lifeboat crew as they were called out a further three times.

Crews were called to search for a person who was reportedly in the water. Shortly afterwards it was confirmed the casualty was safely ashore and the lifeboat stood down.

Crews also searched for a vulnerable person who was reported missing in Seaford near Splash Point.

But they were stood down after the person was found safe and well.

Three people were rescued when a yacht got into trouble after suffering mechanical failure near Newhaven harbour.

The lifeboat crew towed the vessel into Newhaven harbour.

Coxswain Paul Legendre said: “This was a busy spell for our volunteer crew and these show the diverse range of taskings we can get in just a few hours.”

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