A BASE jumper has been airlifted to hospital after their parachute “failed to open” when leaping off a 530ft cliff.

The coastguard and ambulance crews attended Beachy Head cliff in East Sussex after receiving a 999 call at 9.15am.

It is understood a base jumper’s parachute did not open fully as they jumped from the cliff, according to local reports.

Air ambulance crews and a helicopter were seen taking off following the incident.

A spokesman from 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.”

Beachy Head cliff is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain – rising to 162 metres above sea level.

By editor2