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Climber Dies In Bude

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6:10am 8th September 2014
(Updated 6:10am 8th September 2014)

A man has died after plunging from cliffs in Bude.

He was climbing at Summerleaze on Thursday afternoon.

Coastguards from the town as well as Port Isaac were scrambled to the scene at around 2.30pm.

The air ambulance was also brought in.

The man's body was recovered by a lifeboat but paramedics say he died at the scene.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Police can confirm that around 2.38pm on Thursday 4th September a report was received by the coastguard of a reported fall of a climber from a cliff at Compass Point in the Bude area.

"The air ambulance was deployed and paramedics arrived quickly to the location.Compass Point Bude

"Unfortunately, the man was declared deceased at the scene by the paramedics.

"It is understood the man was in his fifties and was visiting the area and was not local to Devon and Cornwall.

"The man's next of kin has been informed.

"At this time this incident is being treated as an unexplained death.

"Our thoughts are with this man's family at this difficult time."

One specialist climbing website describes Compass Point as offering some "very serious routes (offering little protection though OK rock)."

It has prompted a warning about coastal erosion following the winter storms.

RNLI coastal safety manager James Millidge told Pirate FM: "There are places where erosion has taken place and we'd always recommend people stay within the boundaries of the path. The cliff beneath where you're standing could be undercut and that wouldn't be visible from the top. So, we just as people to be mindful of the environment that they're in.

 "More people die as a result of coastal walking and falls from cliffs, slipping from the edge of waterside activities around the UK every year than people who get caught in rip currents, so those activities are very, very dangerous."

6:10am 8th September 2014

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