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Emergency response to man trapped on cliffs in Hastings

Rescue from cliff edge update from Hastings Police

After the emergency services received a call from a male on Tuesday 28th June saying he was trapped on the cliffs, but unsure where, Hastings Police and The Coastguard set to work.

The male had climbed the cliffs from a beach in Fairlight but was unsure of his exact location. He was unable to retreat down the cliff but was also finding it difficult to climb further.

Local \Police officers headed to Fairlight Country Park taking the Drone with them, where they met up with the Council Ranger and The Coast Guard.

Officers walked alongside the cliff edge towards Hastings calling out to the male and the Drone was deployed. Within a short time, PCSO’s heard the males calls and directed the Drone and Coast Guard to his location.

The Coast Guard kitted up deploying one of their officers to climb down the face of the cliff, reaching the male, harnessing him then eased him to the top. safe and well.

Hastings Police said “Fantastic teamwork by all those involved and again the Police Drone came in handy.”

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Core Safety Message

• Always take a means of calling for help. If you or someone else is in trouble on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

• Tell someone else where you’re going and when you’ll be back. They can raise the alarm with the coastguard by calling 999 if you are overdue

Incident Specific Safety Message

• Do not attempt to climb cliffs as they are unstable, beware of falling rocks and debris.

• Never choose the base of the cliffs as a spot for playing, sunbathing or picnicking.

• Keep away from all cliff edges and adhere to any signs or barriers restricting access or warning of danger.

• Headlands and rocky outcrops can create isolated bays at risk of cut off by an incoming tide. Cliffs are hazardous if there is not a safe exit.

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