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Man Left Dangling Above Rocks After 100 Foot Drop

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7:00am 12th September 2013

A man in his eighties has survived a hundred foot drop in Cornwall - after his coat got caught in brambles.

Rescue teams were scrambled near Fort Picklecombe when passing yachtsmen heard his cries for help as he dangled above rocks.

The tourist from Australia was taken to hospital after slipping off a cliff path in Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.

He fell about 100 feet down a steeply sloping cliff near Fort Picklecombe, narrowly avoiding falling down the last vertical drop onto rocks when his clothing caught on brambles.

Passing yachtsmen heard his cries for help and raised the alarm and at about 11.30am.

Brixham Coastguard requested the assistance of the MoD Police Marine Unit at HM Naval Base Devonport, Plymouth. 

Boats from the unit working from the Naval Base in Plymouth had been carrying out a warship escort in Plymouth Sound when they answered the call for help.

Officers landed from their rigid inflatable boats (RIB) and worked their way up the cliff to secure the man who was slowly slipping towards the vertical drop.

They lowered him to the rocks below where a team from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency administered first aid.  

The injured man was placed on a stretcher and transported across Plymouth Sound on the MOD Police RIB to a waiting ambulance at Mill Bay.

Inspector Gordon Peter, the marine unit commander, praised his officers, saying they had saved the walker from serious injuries. 

7:00am 12th September 2013

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