Tuesday 21 November 2017

Man (50s) who died after cliff-fall, saved wife by pushing her out of way

Stock photo: Getty
Stock photo: Getty
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A man who was killed after part of a cliff collapsed on top of him, reportedly pushed his wife out of the way to save her.

Emergency services were called to Thorpeness Beach in Suffolk at 1.15pm on Saturday after reports that a man, believed to be in his late 50s, had become trapped under the rubble.

They tried to free him but despite their efforts the man died at the scene.

An elderly woman, believed to be his wife, was also assessed for minor injuries but was not taken to hospital, East of England Ambulance Service said.

A spokesman for the ambulance service added: "We received a call today at 1.15pm to reports of a man who was trapped in a landslide in Thorpeness.

"We dispatched two ambulances, an air ambulance from the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity, two rapid response vehicles, and the hazardous area response team.

"Sadly nothing could be done for an elderly man at the scene who was pronounced dead."

Bev Allen, maritime operations controller for the UK Coastguard, said: "This was a large-scale search and rescue effort in which multiple agencies worked together to free the trapped person.

"We ask people to please stay away from this particular area while the emergency services are at work.

"We would remind people to be mindful when out walking on the coast. Standing on cliff edges and at the base of a cliff are dangerous places to be as it is impossible to predict when the next piece might fall or how big it will be."

Suffolk Police said the death was being treated as non-suspicious.

With copy from PA

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