Sussex

Boy, 12, injured in Hastings 30ft cliff fall

West Cliff, Hastings
Image caption The boy fell into a gap between rocks at West Cliff

A 12-year-old boy has been taken to hospital with head injuries after falling down a cliff in East Sussex.

The boy fell up to 30ft (9m) at West Hill in Hastings at about 12:30 GMT on Saturday into a gully close to the cafe.

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex air ambulance crew treated him at the scene but were unable to transfer him to hospital due to the weather conditions.

He was taken by ambulance to Kings College hospital with head injuries.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said the boy, who lives locally, was drifting in and out of consciousness during the rescue.

He had fallen down the gap between two rock faces.

It took the rescue services about an hour to treat the boy and get him out from between the rocks.

Scott Hartnoll, from East Sussex Fire and Rescue, said: "The paramedics were working in quite cramped conditions."

His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, the fire service added.

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