A man, believed to be in his 70s, sustained serious head injuries after falling from part of the West Hill Lift in Hastings.
The lift was closed at the time of the incident, which occurred shortly after 11pm last night (Monday, 7).
SECamb crews were joined at the scene in George Street by the air ambulance service.
The man was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton for treatment.
A spokesperson for Hastings borough council said:
“We have investigated, and the person who fell had no apparent reason to be on our property, but we obviously hope he makes a full recovery.”
According to the authority, the accident did not involve a member of staff.