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WATCH: Dramatic footage of major rescue in Cornwall

WATCH: Dramatic footage of major rescue in Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:35am 5th April 2018. (Updated at 7:27am 5th April 2018)

Dramatic footage has emerged of that major rescue on the Cornish coast.

It was taken from the Coastguard helicopter as an injured man was airlifted to safety at Trevone Round Hole.

The man, who was part of a group exploring the collapsed sea cave near Padstow, fell 20ft.

A second person stayed with him as a cliff rescue technician from Padstow's Coastguard Rescue Team was lowered down.


A spokesperson from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "They made a rapid assessment of the casualty's condition, quickly requesting a paramedic from South West Ambulance Service be lowered to the injured man and his friend using what's called an assisted descent.

"An assessment was made of the situation and it was decided that the injured man could not be recovered using cliff rescue by the Coastguard Rescue Team.

"HM Coastguard's Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre sent in the Newquay search and rescue helicopter.

"The man was winched aboard the helicopter and flown to Derriford Hospital, where we wish him a speedy recovery.

"The man's friend and the paramedic were brought back up by the Coastguard Rescue Team's cliff technicians".

Phil Davies, senior coastal operations officer, said: "We always advise people not to attempt to self-rescue in these circumstances.

"This man's friend did exactly the right thing by just staying with him while the alarm was raised.

"It’s also worth reminding people that while our coastline is beautiful, it can also be very dangerous.

"Weather conditions of late have meant cliff paths are slippery and in some places crumbling away.

"Make sure you're equipped for every eventuality if you are out and take extra care.

"As always, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if you get into difficulty or you see someone else in trouble".

You can read more about the rescue here or watch the dramatic footage from the helicopter...


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