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Beachy Head base jumper airlifted to hospital as ‘parachute fails’ during 530ft leap

A base jumper has been airlifted to hospital after their parachute apparently failed when they jumped off a 530ft cliff.

The coastguard were called to Beachy Head cliff in East Sussex after an emergency call at 9.15am today, reports say.

It’s thought that the base jumper’s parachute did not open properly.

The casualty was picked up by a search and rescue helicopter and taken to Brighton Hospital.

Pictures from East Brighton Park show the helicopter taking off following the incident.

A spokesman from the coastguard said: “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.”

Beachy Head cliff is the highest chalk sea cliff in the UK, standing 162 metres above sea level.

The Sun reports that two thrill seekers jumped off the top of the Durdle Door arch in Dorset using parachutes before landing in the sea.

Walkers were shocked to witness the pair’s reckless actions on Easter Sunday.

The two men ignored warning signs telling people to avoid climbing up the 200ft rocky arch.