Man and boy rescued from cliffs in Hastings

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Image caption Dover Coastguard said the pair were winched to safety by the air sea rescue helicopter

A man and a teenage boy have been rescued after becoming trapped on cliffs in East Sussex.

Dover Coastguard said the pair had been out walking near Hastings harbour but became disorientated at about 1830 BST on Thursday.

About 40 people from the coastguard, the Solent air sea rescue helicopter and officers from Sussex Police took part in the operation.

The pair were winched to safety by the helicopter at 2030 BST.

John Brewin, a coastguard watch assistant, said they were unharmed and did not require medical assistance.

He said: "They had been out strolling and nightfall had come in and they had got into a position where they could not get off themselves.

"I think it may have been the onset of darkness and disorientation with the area so they stopped and stayed on a safe ledge."

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