Teenager rescued after plunging into White Rock Baths

Man winched to safety after plunging into White Rock Baths in early hours of 30/6/12

Man winched to safety after plunging into White Rock Baths in early hours of 30/6/12

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ALL the emergency services were involved in an early morning rescue after a teenager plunged 20ft into the White Rock Baths.

On Saturday, June 30, at around 4.45am the alarm was raised when a male was spotted on the pier, threatening to harm himself.

Fire and Rescue, police, paramedics, coastguard, and lifeboat all attended the scene, by which time the 16-year-old, who has not been identified, had come in from the pier, walked along the promenade, and jumped down into the White Rock Baths on the seafront.

Bud White, station officer for the Hastings coastguard, said: “He was walking about at one stage. How he got down without hurting himself I don’t know.”

The boy was winched to safety by fire crew, arrested under the Mental Health Act, and taken to Eastbourne DGH hospital, although he was not thought to be seriously injured.

The A259 was closed by police for around an hour while the rescue took place.