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Teenager Plunges From Rocks in Coasteering Accident

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7:01am 28th August 2013

A teenager has got suspected spinal injuries after a coasteering accident near Crantock.

It is after she jumped around twenty feet into the sea from rocks at East Pentire.

The nineteen year old medical student was pulled from the water by Newquay lifeboat crew.

The search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose airlifted her to the Royal Cornwall.

She was taking part in a group coasteering activity - scaling cliffs and leaping into the water under supervision.

The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat helmed by RNLI volunteer and ambulance service paramedic Christian Brown, and the smaller D class inshore lifeboat helmed by Ben Eglinton arrived at the scene to find the young woman being supported in the water by other members of the organised coasteering group.

Christian Brown transferred the helm of the lifeboat to Andrew Trebilcock and went into the water to assess the woman's injuries.

With assistance from the group and fellow lifeboat crew, the woman was manoeuvred into a basket stretcher and out of the water aboard the D class lifeboat, which then transported her safely ashore to Crantock beach.

With Newquay coastguard rescue team also in attendance, the lifeboat volunteers liaised with their RNLI lifeguard colleagues and a landing area was cleared on the beach for the Search & Rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose.

The young woman was transferred across the sand from lifeboat to helicopter, which then flew her to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro for further assessment of her injuries.

Image: ZK Photography and Design

7:01am 28th August 2013

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