Base jumper horror as ‘parachute fails to open’ during 530ft leap off Beachy Head

The coastguard was called to the scene at around 9.15am this morning.

According to The Angus it is believed the parachute failed to open completely after the jump was made.

The scene was attended by the Coastguard, RNLI and ambulances.

After being winched up by a search and rescue helicopter the casualty was taken to Brighton Hospital.

The exact condition of the jumper is not currently known.

A spokesman for the Coastguard commented: “A 999 call was received at 9.15am today reporting an injured person at Beachy Head.

“The Coastguard Rescue Teams from Eastbourne, Birling Gap and Newhaven, the RNLI lifeboat from Eastbourne, the search and rescue helicopter from Lydd and the South East Coast Ambulance Service attended the scene.

“The casualty was winched by the search and rescue helicopter and airlifted to Brighton Hospital where they were passed into the care of medical staff.”

A photograph acquired by The Angus shows a rescue helicopter made a landing in East Brighton Park at some point during the incident, before taking off.

The paper reports people in the area were instructed to secure their belongings in anticipation of the helicopter’s arrival.

Air moved by the helicopter’s blades causes trees and flags to blow aggressively.

Beachy Head cliff rises to 162 meters above sea level, making it the tallest chalk cliff in the UK.

Pictured posted on the popular ‘Sussex Incidents 999’ Twitter account show Beachy Head was busy again this afternoon with a police car and motorbike in attendance.

They tweeted: “To say it’s busy at Beachy Head this afternoon is an understatement.

“It is rammed to the point Sussex Roads Police have a few units ensuring everyone behaves.”

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