Wednesday 29 March 2017

Phone a friend saves cliff fall man

Coastguard team saved a man who fell down a cliff after his friend called 999
Coastguard team saved a man who fell down a cliff after his friend called 999

Phoning a friend proved to be a lifeline for a man who fell down a cliff.

The injured man did not know his exact location near Hayle, Cornwall, but his quick-thinking friend called 999.

Two lifeboats spotted him on a ledge at Black Cliff and alerted coastguard teams on land.

They prevented him from falling any further until a helicopter from nearby Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose could airlift him safety.

He was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, in Truro.

A spokesman for Falmouth Coastguard said the man had fallen about 15ft (4.6m).

"There was still a chance of him falling further down," he added.

The man, who had suffered a head injury which is not thought to be life-threatening, called his friend at 4am on Saturday and was rescued by 6am.

The cliff has a path close by and is near a campsite, the spokesman said.

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