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."
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