A major search operation took place this afternoon after part of a large cliff gave way on a busy beach. Firefighters and the Coastguard scanned the area at Seaford Head, near Eastbourne, East Sussex.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said it had been called in to support the Coastguard in the search after a cliff collapsed at 4.18pm on Wednesday. The fire service has scrambled its rope rescue and technical rescue units to the scene and a rescue helicopter flew in.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said they undertook a search because of the ‘sheer scale’ of the cliff fall. According to the BBC, 50,000 tonnes of chalk fell 80 metres from the top of Seaford Head. The search concluded that, miraculously, nobody had been injured.