Base jumper rushed to hospital after parachute fails to open when jumping from Beachy Head

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Base jumper is rushed to hospital after parachute fails to open when jumping off a 150 foot cliff at Beachy Head

  • The alarm went off at around 9:15 today when the parachute did not open
  • The victim was rescued from the base of the cliffs by a Coast Guard paramedic
  • Others of the base jumpers team were taken from the beach by lifeboats

A base jumper was rushed to hospital after jumping from Beachy Head and his parachute not deployed.

The Coast Guard crew, RNLI and an ambulance were called to the scene at 9.15am at Eastbourne in East Sussex.

The victim was rescued from the base of the cliff and taken to Brighton Hospital.

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

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

An Eastbourne RNLI spokesperson said: “ Our volunteer crew were summoned today at 9:30 am and requested to launch both Eastbourne lifeboats to assist the local coast guards and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter with an injured base jumper at the base of the cliffs at Beachy Head that medical evacuation.

The crew of the coastal lifeboat was landed to assist the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter Paramedic who had been winched at the victim.

The victim was eventually recovered in the Coast Guard helicopter and flown to hospital.

“The remaining base jumpers were taken from the beach by the Inshore Lifeboat and transferred to the All Weather Lifeboat and returned safely to Birling Gap, where they were met by local coast guards.”

Teams from the RNLI, Coast Guard and ambulance personnel were called to the scene this morning

Teams from the RNLI, Coast Guard and ambulance personnel were called to the scene this morning

Teams from the RNLI, Coast Guard and ambulance personnel were called to the scene this morning

Photos showed the helicopter crews rescuing the base jumper from the bottom of the infamous Beachy Head.

A Coast Guard spokesperson added: ‘The Coastguard Rescue Teams from Eastbourne, Birling Gap and Newhaven, the RNLI Rescue Boat from Eastbourne, the Search and Rescue Helicopter from Lydd and the South East Coast Ambulance Service were in attendance.

“The victim was winched by the search and rescue helicopter to the hospital in Brighton, where they were placed in the care of medical personnel.”

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