Wednesday 20 September 2017

Brambles saved tourist (80) after 100ft cliff fall

Claire Hayhurst

A holidaymaker who plunged 100ft off a cliff was saved when his clothing caught on brambles, rescuers said.

The 80-year-old, from Australia, slipped off a cliff path in Mount Edgcumbe Country Park in Cornwall, England.

 

But he narrowly avoided falling down the last vertical drop onto rocks when his clothes became snagged.

 

Passing yachtsmen heard the man's cries for help and raised the alarm at about 11.30am yesterday.

 

Coastguards and Ministry of Defence Police rushed to the scene, where they found the man slowly slipping towards the vertical drop.

 

A spokesman for the MoD Police said: "Brixham Coastguard requested the assistance of the MoD Police Marine Unit at HM Naval Base Devonport, Plymouth.

 

"Boats from the unit working from the Naval Base in Plymouth had been carrying out a warship escort in Plymouth Sound when they answered the call for help.

 

"They lowered him to the rocks below where a team from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency administered first aid.

 

"The injured man was placed on a stretcher and transported across Plymouth Sound on the MoD Police RIB to a waiting ambulance at Mill Bay."

 

Inspector Gordon Peter, the marine unit commander, praised his officers for saving the walker from "serious injuries".

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