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Hero base jumper filmed diving off Beachy Head to save stricken friend

Hero base jumper dived off Beachy Head to save stricken friend
A base jumping paramedic jumps off Beachy Head to help a friend (Picture: Solent)

A hero base jumper leapt 530ft off Beachy Head to save a friend who was injured at the bottom of the cliffs.

The thrillseeker’s pal jumped first but crash landed, breaking his hip at the beauty spot near Eastbourne, East Sussex.

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The second jumper was a trained paramedic who immediately started first aid on the stricken man after landing during the incident yesterday.

The coastguard and search and rescue helicopter were scrambled and the injured man was flown to Brighton before being taken to hospital.

A Coastguard spokesman said: ‘This afternoon, Birling Gap Coastguard team were tasked to a base jumper whose parachute had pulled him towards the cliff.

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A base jumper had to be rushed to hospital after crashing into a 530ft tall cliff at a tourist hot spot before falling and breaking his hip
The helicopter which transported the injured man to safety (Picture: Solent)

‘It was reported by his friends that one of the other base jumpers was a paramedic, who immediately jumped off the cliff to his aid.’

‘A lifeboat, along with the Search & Rescue Helicopter from Lydd in Kent, which arrived first, were also tasked.’

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He added: ‘A paramedic onboard the helicopter treated the base jumper who is believed to have suffered a broken hip and was stuck at the beach close to the Beachy Head Lighthouse.’

Beachy Head has some of the highest cliffs in the UK and is popular with daredevils and people wanting spectacular selfies.

The UK Coastguard Agency has warned people to stay back from the edge of the beauty spot in case they fall while taking pictures.

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