A RAMBLER who slipped and broke his leg had a “lucky” escape after he was airlifted to hospital.
The 35-year-old man was walking at the foot of the cliffs in Covehurst Bay, in Hastings Country Park, on Sunday afternoon when he slipped on some rocks. He suffered a severe compound fracture and the bone was sticking out through his skin when another walker got to him.
Both had taken the precaution of having mobile phones with them but there was no reception, and the Good Samaritan had to walk to the nearest farm to raise the alarm.
The Hastings Coastguard team were quickly on the scene along with a paramedic but after assessing the man’s injuries it was decided that trying to get him to safety by boat would be too painful.
So the Coastguard rescue helicopter was dispatched from Lee-on-Solent and the crew airlifted the walker to the Conquest Hospital where he was treated for his injury.
Gordon Wise, watch manager of the coastguard said: “This man was lucky that someone came along and found him – although they both had mobile phones, this particular area has no mobile signal.
“Once emergency services arrived the man he was swiftly evacuated to hospital,” he added.