Boy injured from cliff fall
Posted: February 1, 2015
Posted in: Head and Brain Injuries Public Place Accidents
A 12-year-old boy has suffered severe injuries after falling down a cliff in East Sussex. The boy, who remains unnamed, fell down the 30ft cliff edge on the West Hill in Hastings at around 12.30pm yesterday (31 January). He landed in a gully close by a café. A fire crew was immediately contacted, and an air ambulance crew treated him at the scene. After rescuing him, they were unable to transfer him to hospital as a result of bad weather conditions.
A spokesperson from the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said that the boy, who is believed to live locally, was drifting in and out of consciousness while he was receiving treatment. Paramedics had to rescue him from a narrow crevice and get him onto a stretcher before he could be treated. It took around one hour for the team to rescue the boy from between the rocks and treat him.
“Access was restricted”
The watch commander from Bohemia Road fire station, Doug Marshall, said: “The boy slipped in a crevice between the two rock faces. He’s fallen about 30 feet … Access was restricted, but we managed to stabilise him and put him on a stretcher before he was treated by paramedics.”
Following treatment at the scene, an ambulance took him to King’s College Hospital in London, where he received further treatment. Paramedics said that despite having suffered “a potentially serious head injury”, they did not believe his condition to be life-threatening.
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