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Daring Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued base jumper whose parachute failed


The crew of a daring Coast Guard helicopter rescued a base jumper whose parachute did not open as it collapsed 340 feet from the cliffs of Beachy Head

  • Basejumper fell from Beachy Head after his parachute failed to deploy
  • Coastguard teams, the RNLI and an ambulance called to the scene near Eastbourne
  • Footage shows victim rescued from cliff base by paramedic










Footage revealed the moment Coast Guard paramedics rescued a basejumper who was seriously injured after his parachute failed to deploy.

Emergency services were called to Beachy Head on Sunday after the adventurer plunged 340 feet from the cliff to the ground below.

The Eastbourne lifeboats were launched along with a rescue helicopter and local coast guard units to assist with the evacuation.

Video shows the basejumper strapped to a stretcher and winched to the Coast Guard helicopter and transported to Brighton Hospital.

The extent of the man’s injuries remains uncertain.

The events took place at the famous beauty spot near Eastbourne in East Sussex at 9.15am.

A spokesperson for Eastbourne RNLI said: ‘Our team of volunteers were called in at 9:30 am today and asked to launch the two Eastbourne lifeboats to assist the local coast guard and the rescue helicopter. Coast Guard with an injured base jumper at the base of the Beachy Head Cliffs in need of an evacuation medical.

The crew of the inshore rescue boat were put ashore to assist the paramedic of the Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter that had been winched to the victim.

Emergency services were called to Beachy Head on Sunday after the adventurer fell 340 feet from the cliff to the ground below when his parachute failed to deploy.

The extreme sports fan was rescued from the base of the Beachy Head cliffs in Eastbourne, East Sussex

The extreme sports fan was rescued from the base of the Beachy Head cliffs in Eastbourne, East Sussex

“The victim was eventually picked up in the Coast Guard helicopter and transported to hospital.

“The other base jumpers were removed from the beach by the inshore lifeboat transferred to the all-weather lifeboat and returned unharmed to Birling Gap where they were met by the local coast guard.”

The photos showed the helicopter crews rescuing the basejumper from the bottom of the infamous Beachy Head.

A Coast Guard spokesperson added: “The Coast Guard Rescue Teams from Eastbourne, Birling Gap and Newhaven, the RNLI Lifeboat from Eastbourne, the Lydd Search and Rescue Helicopter and the Southeast Coast ambulance service attended the scene.

“The victim was winched by the search and rescue helicopter and airlifted to Brighton hospital where she was placed in the care of medics.”

RNLI crews, coast guards and paramedics were called to the scene this morning

RNLI crews, coast guards and paramedics were called to the scene this morning

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