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Two Plunge From Cliffs In Newquay

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9:59am 8th May 2013
(Updated 9:59am 8th May 2013)

Two people have plunged from cliffs in Newquay.

They were part of a group of Swiss, Austrian, German and English tourists at Pentire head on Tuesday night.

Mostly in their early twenties, they had been celebrating the end of a week long exchange programme when a small group decided to go climbing.

The men fell down a bank then dropped around six metres onto rocks and into the sea.

Another also fell down the bank, but managed to scramble to safety and help raise the alarm.

Both Newquay lifeboats were scrambled, along with a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose and coastguard teams.

Neil Oliver from Falmouth Coastguard told Pirate FM: "One of the Newquay lifeboats managed to pick the one up who had fallen into the water, we believe relatively uninjured. The one that had fallen onto the rocks was rescued by the helicopter from Culdrose with pelvic injuries."

He warned that, after a wet winter, cliff edges are still extremely unstable, prompting numerous landslips around the coast: "They're still very unstable. Nothing's dried out completely under foot. The forecast for the next couple of days is rain on and off, so it's going to be slippery out there again."

In 2009 two students died in separate falls from cliffs in the resort, prompting a safety campaign targeting young people and groups visiting the town.

Inspector Dave Meredith commented: "With the summer season fast approaching, this incident is a timely reminder of the dangers of the areas around cliffs. The two persons who fell into the sea were not suitably dressed or equipped to go near or on such dangerous cliffs.
 
"Light was fading and other members of this large group were also put in danger by their efforts to locate the two missing men.
 
"It is fortunate that we are not today dealing with a fatal Newquay cliff fall."
9:59am 8th May 2013

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