Phone a friend saves cliff fall man
Published 24/07/2010 | 14:02
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.