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Beachy Head lighthouse gets a lick of fresh paint

Beachy Head lighthouse, before its lick of paint Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

After a campaign, which raised £27,000, to revive the fading stripes of Beachy Head lighthouse, the painting has been completed in just under three weeks.

A team of five workmen have applied several coats of paint to freshen up the appearance of the 141ft lighthouse.

Martin Griffin, the managing director of Hailsham-based Sussex Blast Cleaning, which has over seen the project said, "We have done it in just under three weeks. We lost four days due to some bad weather but we have worked quite quickly using sprays, rollers and brushes.

"Crown Paints, which has donated the paint used in the project, say it should last up to 10 years.

"It looks absolutely brilliant now, particularly with the sun shining on it."

One person believed to be dead after cliff fall

The scene at Beachy Head where a coastguard rescue worker said one person is believed to have died after a car drove over the cliffs. Credit: PA

A coastguard rescue worker said one person is believed to have died after a car drove over the cliffs at Beachy Head today.

Emergency services were called to the cliffs at Cow Gap, near Eastbourne, East Sussex, at 2.02pm following a call to the Solent Coastguard.

Don Ellis, senior officer at Birling Gap lifeboat station, said the inshore lifeboat had not been able to find the car at first, which was eventually located by the Sussex Police helicopter.

He said he believed there was only one person inside the vehicle but rescue efforts had been hampered by the incoming tide.

He said: "We got to the top of the cliffs at 2.30pm but we had to wait for the fire brigade because the lifeboat crew could not extract the casualty.

"The fire brigade were on scene at 4pm and left Birling Gap on a boat with a lifeboat crew.

"Unfortunately, the tide has beaten us and we are coming back here at 8.30pm. The crew will go out from Eastbourne lifeboat station and use their cutting gear to extract the casualty."

Mr Ellis said the car had been stabilised by firefighters during high tide and they would be back later in the evening once the tide had gone out.

A coroner's officer for East Sussex will remain at the scene until the body is recovered, he said.

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'Car seen driving over Beachy Head'

Police have been called to an incident at Beachy Head following reports that a car was seen driving over the cliffs this afternoon.

Emergency services, including the Dover Coastguard and the RNLI lifeboat, were called to the scene near Eastbourne at 2.02pm.

A Coastguard spokesman confirmed they were in attendance and were in the middle of dealing with the incident.

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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Beachy Head memorial to wartime RAF crews

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A Chinook flies in one of the memorials Credit: Derek Johnson

An RAF Chinook winches in the first of three concrete blocks at Beachy Head. They will form a memorial to the crews of Bomber Command. The Sussex beauty spot was the last sight of England for the men as they flew missions to Germany. The memorial has cost £25,000, raised by veterans and locals.

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