Updated: Seven people rescued from East Hill lift

Fire & Rescue East Sussex
Fire & Rescue East Sussex

Seven people, including some children, had to be rescued by firefighters after the East Hill lift broke down yesterday (Thursday, October 22).

The lift ground to a halt halfway up the hill, but despite the best efforts of engineers to fix the problem, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called to the scene at around noon.

Crews from Bohemia Road and The Ridge Fire Stations were joined by the Rope Rescue Unit from Battle.

The team secured ropes and descended down to the stuck lift, forcing open the doors to get to the group, which also included two dogs.

Firefighters then walked the passengers down the stairs and no-one was hurt.

The group is believed to have been trapped for around an hour.

The East Hill lift, which is run by Hastings Borough Council, is expected to be up and running again following safety checks today (Friday).

Cllr Dawn Poole, the council’s lead member for regeneration, communities and culture told the Observer:

“The safety system detected a fault yesterday morning, which resulted in the carriages stopping as they are supposed to do.

“Unfortunately, despite engineers attempts they were unable to clear the fault and a decision was made by ESFRS, who were in attendance to evacuate the seven passengers and two dogs.

“The local fire crew were supported by colleagues from the specialist rope team.

“All passengers were taken off safely and at no time were they in any danger.

“The lifts carry over 200,000 passengers each year and we have an established emergency plan to deal with just this type of situation, should it occur.

“The lifts will be back in action after further checks by engineers today (Friday).”

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