A base jumper has been airlifted to hospital after their parachute "failed to open" during a 530ft descent near Beachy Head in East Sussex.

The coastguard and ambulance services were called to the area at around 9.15am after an eye witness reported a failed jump.

It is understood the base jumper’s parachute failed to not fully open after they took the 530ft coastline plunge.

According to local reports, air ambulance crews and a helicopter were seen taking off following the incident.

HM Coastguard confirmed "an injured person" had been flown to hospital from Beachy Head, but the individual’s current condition is unknown.

A spokesman for the coastguard said: "A 999 call was received at 9.15am today reporting an injured person at Beachy Head.

"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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Beachy Head cliff is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162m above sea level.

At its peak, the south east coast from Dungeness can be seen all the way around to the Isle of Wight in the west.

Durdle Door is also a well known jump spot, and was the scene of several stunts in 2020.

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Last September, a thrillseeker used a jet-pack to fly through the arch that forms part of Britain's UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

Two daredevils also jumped off of Durdle Door arch on Easter Sunday in 2020, ascending the 200ft tall landmark on the Dorset coast.

The individuals ignored signs telling people not to climb on the landmark, and jumped off the arch using a blue and yellow parachute.

It was witnessed by hundreds of members of the public who were on the beach.

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