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WATCH: Man rescued from Carlyon Bay landmark

St Austell Coastguard rescue Carlyon bay
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7:48pm 12th August 2017
(Updated 7:48pm 12th August 2017)

A man had to be rescued after climbing up one of Cornwall's landmarks - and could't get back down.

He became stuck on Crinnis Island at Carlyon Bay on Friday (August 11).

A 999 call was made and the coastguard rushed to help.

But even they couldn't rescue him through climbing so a rescue helicopter had to be called in.

A spokesperson for St Austell Coastguard said: "Team paged to the reports of a person stuck on Crinnis Island at Carlyon bay.

"The team got on scene and assessed the casualty, but could not extract by climbing down.

"We made the decision to request the assistance of Rescue 924 helicopter from Newquay."

The area had to be cleared before the helicopter could come in though as the amount of sand thrown up from the beach could have caused further injuries. 

Once on scene the helicopter evacuated the person from the rocks down to the Coastguard's on the beach. 

St Austell Coastguard added: "We appreciate the publics assistance by moving away from the area whilst we conducted the rescue.

"The video shows the downdraft and the amount of sand that is thrown up from the beach, and this is why we need to move people clear from the immediate area to minimise any further injuries. 

"The people who reported the incident made the right decision and did not attempt to climb the rock to assist. 

"Cliff rescue is one of our specialisms in rescue, so dial 999 for the coastguard for any emergency on the beach or cliffs/paths. 

"Thank you to all involved today."

7:48pm 12th August 2017

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