Visitors risk their lives standing dangerously close to the edge of the iconic crumbling cliff face of Beachy Head
Off their beach heads! Visitors risk their lives as they stand perilously close to the edge of East Sussex’s iconic crumbling cliff face
- People have been spotted posing for photos and leaning over the cliffs in East Sussex
- Dozens of bathers flocked to the popular tourist destination of Beachy Head
- Between April 2020 and 2021, there were almost 50 cliff falls in East Sussex
Bathers risked their lives standing dangerously close to the edge of the iconic crumbling cliff face at Beachy Head in East Sussex.
Dozens of people were seen posing for photos near the cliffs on Saturday while others were seen leaning to the side.
Visitors looked unfazed as they gathered atop the 531-foot (162m) cliffs that have proven to be a popular tourist attraction during the summer months.
Between April 2020 and April this year, there were nearly 50 cliff falls in East Sussex, as well as 13 incidents of people stranded on the beach after being cut off by the tide.
Despite the dangers, more than 350,000 people visit the cliffs of Birling Gap and Seven Sisters each year.
Beach goers risked their lives standing perilously close to the edge of the iconic crumbling cliff face at Beach Head, East Sussex
Dozens of people posing for photos near the cliffs on Saturday while others were seen leaning to the side (pictured)
Waves of the holiday weekend sun drew people to the coast, many approaching dangerously close to the edge of the cliffs which are known to fall.
Thousands of people were stuck in traffic jams as they flocked to UK beaches today, including Dorset and Cornwall, despite warnings to stay away as Covid-19 takes hold of the region.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: “It will be a largely enjoyable and settled weekend; there is very little – if any – rain in the forecast.
He added that conditions are expected to cool slightly from Monday.
Photos showed Brits making the most of the bright sunshine on Saturday, as eager beachgoers headed for an early morning swim before the weather warmed up. on Branksome and Bournemouth beaches in Dorset.
In April of this year, footage revealed the moment when Coast Guard paramedics rescued a basejumper who was seriously injured after his parachute failed to deploy at Beachy Head.
Visitors looked unfazed as they gathered atop the 531-foot (162m) cliffs that have proven to be a popular tourist attraction during the summer months
Despite the dangers, more than 350,000 people visit the cliffs of Birling Gap and Seven Sisters each year
Emergency services were called to Beachy Head 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.
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 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 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.”