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7:02am 22nd July 2014

A man has plunged from cliffs onto rocks at Newquay.

He has been airlifted to hospital after falling from the coastpath at Little Fistral on Monday.

It is one of a string of rescue operations RNLI teams have been called to in Cornwall in the last couple of days.

The man was walking along the path when he fell down the cliff around lunchtime.

RNLI lifeguards Anthony Middleton and Isaac Morgan were first on scene and found the man in significant pain.

They stabilised the man until paramedics and coastguards arrived.

The lifeguards and coastguards moved the man into a position where he could be airlifted safely.

On Saturday RNLI lifeguards patrolling Perran Sands beach provided casualty care to a lady who had been hit on the head by a surfboard. The lady who had been surfing at the time loss consciousness and continued to drift in and out of consciousness as the lifeguards attended to her.

RNLI lifeguards Frazer Thompson-Hewitt, Tom Noon and Josh Walters, along with off duty lifeguards Jake Maddocks and Nathan Smith attended the scene, with RNLI lifeguard supervisor Ben Gardiner. They worked with the paramedics from the Cornwall Air Ambulance to evacuate the lady to hospital for further checks.

Ben said: "Because of the severity of the blow to the head and the fact that she was losing consciousness, the lifeguards made the decision to request the Cornwall Air Ambulance so that she could get medical treatment as quickly as possible. During the summer months when the roads around the region are busy, this is often the quickest and safest option."

In North Cornwall, RNLI lifeguards at Crooklets dealt with two incidents back-to-back on Sunday afternoon. Volunteers from Bude Surf Lifesaving Club were doing their weekly patrols when the incidents occurred so assisted the RNLI team.

Firstly the lifeguards were alerted to a couple of novice kayakers who had fallen out of their inflatable vessel and into the path of a rip current. A volunteer from Bude SLSC was already nearby so paddled out on a rescue board to help one of the kayakers, while lifeguard Stuart Murray paddled out with a rescue tube to help the second casualty. They were brought back to shore safely and thanked the lifeguards for their assistance.

As soon as the lifeguard team had dealt with that incident, they were tasked to an elderly lady who’d got a head injury. The woman had slipped on rocks whilst rock pooling with her grandchildren. She suffered a small cut to her head so lifeguards administered casualty care and reassured her. She was advised to go to hospital for further treatment.

With hot weather predicted this week and the start of the school holidays, the RNLI is encouraging everybody to choose and RNLI lifeguarded beach when they visit the coast this summer.

7:02am 22nd July 2014

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