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Elderly resident survives life plunge horror at Eastbourne care home
A wheelchair-bound man in his 80s was raced to hospital after the lift he was travelling in plunged between floors.
The victim, who has not been named, was in the lift in the Ravelstone Grange care home in Denton Road, Eastbourne, when the incident took place at about 10am yesterday.
Firefighters said he was upset after the incident and fell between 10ft and 15ft. A source said: “I'm not surprised he was upset. I would be too.”
An Eastbourne fireman, who attended the incident, at the family-run care home of which he is a resident said: “The lift actually went down with him in it.
“He seemed well considering, he was a wheelchair bound gentlemen and possibly this helped - the wheelchair took the brunt.
“We isolated the power supply so paramedics could get him out and he was taken to hospital.
“The lift fell from the first floor to the ground floor and it was a fast-dropping lift.”
An East Sussex Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “An elderly man was rescued this morning by Eastbourne firefighters after a lift fell from the first-floor to ground level.
“Two fire engines were sent to the scene, along with the Technical Rescue Unit from Lewes, and a support appliance.
“Twenty crew members attended and rescued the man, paramedics administered oxygen at the scene. He has since been taken to hospital.”
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service advised us of the incident involving a lift. However, there has been no request for police attendance.”
A South East Coast Ambulance spokesman said they attended the care home and the man, aged about 80, was suffering from injuries including back problems He was taken to hospital on a back board.
The Health and Safety Executive spokeswoman said the case is not the responsibility of the body, but up to the local authority to investigate.
The care home, which is owned by Paul Piercy, refused to comment yesterday.
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