On 26thSeptember at 12.02, a call was received by the ambulance service requesting assistance at an incident at Bexhill Road, St. Loeonards.
Crews from Bohemia Road, Hastings, were dispatched to the scene where a female casualty had fallen 5ft into a basement storage area.
South East Coast Ambulance crews were already in attendance at the scene and had stabilised the casualty. Due to the serious nature of the injuries involved, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service had been requested by South East Coast Ambulance Service to secure a suitable extrication route.
Given the difficult access to the cellar combined with the serious nature of the injuries, fire crews explored a number of options regarding the safe removal of the casualty.
Firefighters gained access to the cellar through the lounge floor to enable the safe removal of the casualty in a horizontal position.
The patient was successfully removed by South East Coast Ambulance Service personnel, assisted by East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service crews. The casualty was transferred by Critical Care Ambulance to the Regional Trauma Centre in Brighton.
Paul Way, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Station manager (Operations) Hastings, said: “We advise members of the public to be aware of any unguarded drops into, for example, basements or under-stair areas.”