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VIDEO: Man Rescued After Being Left Clinging To Rocks

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7:02am 8th August 2014
(Updated 7:02am 8th August 2014)

A man has been left clinging to rocks above pounding waves at Porthcothan - after trying to rescue his dog.

He plummeted around three metres when it went wrong on Thursday.

RNLI lifeguards called in a helicopter from Culdrose.

RNLI lifeguard Joe Avery was first on scene making his way to where the man was positioned. Picking his way carefully over the rocks, Joe passed a long yellow rescue tube down to the casualty to grasp hold of, lying flat along the rocks to hold onto the other end. Meanwhile, fellow RNLI lifeguard Lucy Stuart paddled round on a rescue board to provide support from the water below.  

The cliff rescue teams from Newquay and Padstow were also scrambled, however after assessment of the area, it was deemed safer to airlift the man out.

With Joe still holding on tightly to the casualty, and Lucy having paddled further out so as not to be blown around in the down draft, the helicopter lowered a winch person and the man was airlifted to safety and landed in a nearby farmer's field.  

Adrian Mayhew, who is a volunteer RNLI lifeguard supervisors said: "Thankfully, despite the distance of the fall, the man had only minor injuries. Amazingly the dog was absolutely fine, and had actually made his way to the beach on his own!

"The lifeguards did a great job of using their own training and initiative to secure the casualty safely before working with the other emergency services to make sure he was rescued safely.

"Conditions today were fairly benign, with neap tides and only a little swell meaning that although there was too much water movement around the rocks to take him off that way, it wasn't too great. Had it been any different, it might have been a difficult situation for everyone involved."

See the rescue here...

7:02am 8th August 2014

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