Extraordinary moment a base jumper leaps from 530ft Beachy Head cliffs to rush to the aid of a friend who jumped first, smashing his hip on rocks and plummeting to the beach below
- Thrillseeker had leapt from Beachy Head in a wingsuit when he got into trouble
- He smashed his hip on the rocks and fell 530ft on to the beach below the cliffs
- His friend bravely jumped straight after him to help after seeing him fall below ?
A brave base jumper leapt from Beachy Head to help his injured friend who had just crashed into rocks and plummeted 530ft below.
The thrillseeker jumped from the cliff in a wingsuit but lost control and was pulled towards the rocks, causing him to fall on to the beach.
His friend, who was waiting to jump and is a trained paramedic, quickly sprung into action and followed him over the cliff edge to provide treatment.
The coastguard and search and rescue helicopter were dispatched to rescue the man after his fall from the cliff near Eastbourne, East Sussex.
It is believed his friend, who was waiting to jump and a trained paramedic, quickly sprung into action and followed him over the cliff edge to provide treatment
The brave daredevil quickly responded and jumped off the edge of the cliff after seeing his friend hurt himself
A friend of the injured base jumper immediately tried to help and jump of the Beachy Head cliffs
After being treated by a second paramedic on the helicopter, he was rushed to a meeting point in Brighton, East Sussex, before being taken to hospital on Saturday.
A Coastguard spokesman said: 'Birling Gap Coastguard team were tasked to a base jumper whose parachute had pulled him towards the cliff.
'It was reported by his friends that one of the other base jumpers was a paramedic, who immediately jumped off the cliff to his aid.
'A lifeboat, along with the Search & Rescue Helicopter from Lydd in Kent, which arrived first, were also tasked.
'A paramedic onboard the helicopter treated the base jumper who is believed to have suffered a broken hip and was stuck at the beach close to the Beachy Head Lighthouse.
'He was then airlifted to a meeting point in Brighton, before being handed over to ambulance crews.'?
Search and rescue teams quickly arrived on the scene to try and help the injured base jumper
Another friend of the injured base jumper leapt from Beachy Head after seeing him fall below?
Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Lloyd has hit out at the 'immature' base jumpers who flung themselves off the cliff.
Mr Lloyd, who represents Eastbourne, said: 'I'm absolutely disgusted at the immature behaviour of these individuals, particularly around such a site as Beachy Head.
'[The base jumper] has been injured, he could have been killed. It is my earnest hope that this will deter people from continuing.'
Eastbourne Borough Council has also urged visitors to the area to 'use their common sense'.
A spokesperson said: 'Any activity that brings people into close proximity with the cliff edge or cliff face carries extremely high risk.
'This applies to everyone, whether simply walking in the area or involved in other leisure pursuits and sports.
The coastguard and search and rescue helicopter were dispatched to rescue the man on Saturday?
'People enjoying the downland must use their common sense and adhere to warning signs.'??
Beachy Head is popular with tourists looking to take adventurous selfies, while thrill seeking base jumpers also regularly use the cliffs due to how tall they are.
However, the unstable chalk cliffs have seen a number of rock falls this year.
Now, the UK Coastguard Agency has warned daredevils to stay back from the edge of the beauty spot in case they fall while taking pictures.
But this has not stopped daring selfie snappers, who had continued to dangle from the ledge to try and capture the perfect image for their social media accounts.??
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