This is why a helicopter was circling over Eastbourne last night

A helicopter was seen circling over Eastbourne for at least an hour on Thursday night (November 14).

It has been confirmed today it was a coastguard search and rescue helicopter, which had been scrambled following reports a person had been spotted near a cliff edge at about 5.30pm.

The Coastguard helicopter

The Coastguard helicopter

The helicopter took off from Lydd and flew to assist the search at Holywell, according to the Martime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

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A search was carried out, assisted by the Dover Coastguard Rescue Team, but they were later stood down from the scene.

No further information has been provided by the emergency services.

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