Sledge boy rescued from South Downs by helicopter

An 11-year-old boy was rescued by a helicopter crew after crashing through a fence while sledging on the South Downs near Brighton.

Police, fire and ambulance crews attended the emergency at the Devil's Dyke beauty spot but were unable to bring the injured boy to safety.

A search-and-rescue helicopter from Hampshire was called in and the boy was winched aboard.

He was allowed home from hospital after treatment to a leg injury.

Sussex police said the boy, his father, brother and a friend were stuck at the bottom of a steep icy slope.

A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "There was low visibility, and with high terrain, it can make it difficult for the aircraft. It wasn't easy and straightforward."

Police said none of the rest of the party, from Shoreham, West Sussex, needed hospital treatment.

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