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Visitors risk their lives standing perilously close to edge of iconic crumbling cliff at Beachy Head

Off their Beachy Heads! Visitors risk their lives as they stand perilously close to edge of iconic crumbling cliff in East Sussex

  • People were spotted posing for pictures and leaning over cliffs in East Sussex
  • Dozens of beachgoers flocked to the popular tourist destination of Beachy Head 
  • Between April 2020 and 2021 there were almost 50 cliff falls in East Sussex 


Beachgoers risked their lives standing perilously close to the edge of the iconic crumbling cliff at Beachy Head, East Sussex. 

Dozens of people were seen posing for photographs by the cliffs on Saturday while others were spotted leaning over the side.

Visitors appeared unfazed as they gathered at the top of the 531ft (162m) cliffs which have proved a popular tourist attraction during the summer months. 

Between April 2020 and April this year, there were almost 50 cliff falls in east Sussex, as well as 13 incidents of people being stranded on the beach after being cut off by the tide. 

Despite the dangers, more than 350,000 people visit the cliffs at Birling Gap and Seven Sisters each year. 

Beachgoers risked their lives standing perilously close to the edge of the iconic crumbling cliff at Beach Head, East Sussex

Dozens of people posing for photographs by the cliffs on Saturday while others were spotted leaning over the side (pictured)

Dozens of people posing for photographs by the cliffs on Saturday while others were spotted leaning over the side (pictured)

The sunny spells over the Bank Holiday weekend have been luring people to the coast, with many getting dangerously close to the edge of the cliffs which are known to fall.  

Thousands of people were stuck in traffic jams as they flocked to the beaches across the UK today, including Dorset and Cornwall, despite warnings to stay away as Covid-19 grips hold of the region.  

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: ‘It will be a largely fine and settled weekend; there’s very little – if any – rain in the forecast.’ 

He added that conditions are expected to cool slightly going into Monday.

Pictures showed Britons making the most of the glorious sunshine on Saturday, as eager beachgoers headed out for an early morning swim before the weather hotted up at Branksome and Bournemouth beaches in Dorset. 

In April this year footage revealed the moment Coastguard paramedics came to the rescue of a basejumper who was left seriously injured after his parachute failed to deploy at Beachy Head.

Visitors appeared unfazed as they gathered at the top of the 531ft (162m) cliffs which have proved a popular tourist attraction during the summer months

Visitors appeared unfazed as they gathered at the top of the 531ft (162m) cliffs which have proved a popular tourist attraction during the summer months

Despite the dangers, more than 350,000 people visit the cliffs at Birling Gap and Seven Sisters each year

Despite the dangers, more than 350,000 people visit the cliffs at Birling Gap and Seven Sisters each year

Emergency services were called to Beachy Head after the adventurer plummeted 340ft off the cliff towards the ground below.

Eastbourne Lifeboats launched along with a rescue helicopter and local coastguard units to assist in the evacuation.

Video shows the basejumper being strapped into a stretcher and winched up to the Coastguard helicopter and flown to Brighton Hospital.

A spokesman for Eastbourne RNLI said: ‘Our volunteer crew were paged at 9.30am today and requested to launch both Eastbourne lifeboats to assist local coastguards and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter with an injured base jumper at the base of the cliffs at Beachy Head who required medical evacuation.

‘The inshore lifeboat crew were put ashore to assist the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter Paramedic who had been winched down to the casualty.

Emergency services were called to Beachy Head after the adventurer plummeted 340ft off the cliff towards the ground below when his parachute failed to deploy

Emergency services were called to Beachy Head after the adventurer plummeted 340ft off the cliff towards the ground below when his parachute failed to deploy

The extreme sports fan was rescued from the base of the cliffs of Beachy Head in Eastbourne, East Sussex

The extreme sports fan was rescued from the base of the cliffs of Beachy Head in Eastbourne, East Sussex

‘The casualty was eventually recovered into the Coastguard helicopter and flown to hospital.

‘The remaining base jumpers were taken off the beach by the Inshore Lifeboat transferred to the All Weather Lifeboat and returned safely to Birling Gap where they were met by local coastguards.’

Pictures showed the helicopter crews rescuing the basejumper from the bottom of the infamous Beachy Head.

A spokesman from the coastguard added: ‘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.’  

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