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East Sussex Fire and Rescue called in to support at cliff fall

Date : 21 June 2017


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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has been called in to support a large search and rescue operation, currently underway at Seaford Head.

The Service was alerted at 16.18 on 21 June 2017.

Rope rescue and technical rescue units are at the scene.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency have released the following information (correct as of 17:00):

There are no reports of any missing people in the area, however a large scale search operation has been launched due to the sheer scale of the cliff fall.   

Newhaven and Birling Gap Coastguard Rescue Teams, the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Lydd, along with the East Sussex Fire and Police Services are currently on scene trying to establish if anyone was caught in the cliff fall. 

There are no reports of any missing people in the area, however a large scale search operation has been launched due to the sheer scale of the cliff fall.      

Kaimes Beasley, Duty Controller for the UK Coastguard said:   ‘We will continue to search this area until we are satisfied, along with the other emergency services involved, that no one has been injured or trapped in this fall. 

‘We are advising beach goers to keep away from the scene and we are currently cordoning off the area in the interests of public safety.  I cannot stress enough that this rock fall clearly shows how unstable cliff edges can be, so please keep your distance from cliff edges, at both the top and the bottom of the cliffs, at all times.’



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