A MAN has been left in a “potentially serious condition” after falling off Palace Pier.
The man reportedly “flew into the sea” while leaning over the railing of the pier on Brighton seafront.
Members of the public were quick to help, with one person helping the man back to the beach while waiting for emergency services to arrive.
Witness Ben Tennyson said pier staff threw a life saver at the man while a woman on the beach swam to him, pulled him ashore and administered first aid.
He said a paddleboarder also helped get the man back to the beach.
Ben said: “A staff member at the pier helped by bringing down a first aid kit – I overheard them saying he had a broken collarbone, his ear was torn off and he had a hole in his throat.
“There was a lot of blood on him.”
A Palace Pier spokeswoman said: “As far as we are aware, witnesses saw the gentleman leaning over the railing as it appeared to tip straight into the sea.
“The cast-iron railings were solid and secure, so it’s unclear how he managed to push himself over them.
“He was pulled from the water by witnesses and our security team administered first aid until the ambulance arrived.”
A spokesman for the Secamb rescue service thanked the people who stepped in before the rescue services arrived, saying: “Secamb was called around 7pm on July 8 to report that a person had fallen off the pier and was lying on the beach and receiving medical attention needed help.
“Ambulance crews were present and the person was examined and treated before being taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in a potentially serious condition.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20291307.man-left-injured-falling-brighton-palace-pier/?ref=rss Man injured after falling off Brighton Palace Pier