Driver has died after cliff fall

A motorist has died at hospital after surviving their car falling 400 feet down cliffs at Beachy Head in Sussex.

Police confirm motorist has died in hospital after cliff fall

Sussex Police have confirmed that a driver who initially survived his car going over a cliff last night, has died in hospital.

The Eastbourne RNLI had launched a rescue in at a time of rising tide, after being alerted at 6.23pm on Friday October 13.

Sussex Police and the coroner are investigating the circumstances that led to the incident.

"The man was thrown from the vehicle and when we got there we were expecting the worst but we found he was alive and luckily we had the doctor onboard.

"It was dreadful conditions in the dark and with a heavy surf and one crewman had to swim ashore as we could not get the inshore lifeboat in.

"The operation took around three-and-a-half hours as the coastguard helicopter had to come back to pick up the crew who went ashore."

– Eastbourne RNLI spokesman Bob Jeffery

Driver survives car going over cliff

A driver has survived their car falling 400 feet down the cliffs at Beachy Head in Sussex on the evening of Friday October 12.

Eastbourne RNLI's two rescue boats and the Coastguard helicopter were involved in what crew members are calling a dramatic rescue and a 'miraculous survival' in challenging conditions, with a rising tide.

The motorist had been thrown clear of the car and was alive on land, but with serious injuries.

A doctor was called to the scene and the casualty was flown to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

The RNLI Coxswain Mark Sawyer said he was extremely proud of the response and professionalism of his volunteer crew in what were extremely difficult conditions.

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