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Helicopters scrambled during major search and rescue

Helicopters scrambled during major search and rescue

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:01am 20th September 2018. (Updated at 11:46am 20th September 2018)

A major search and rescue operation was launched near Porthtowan overnight, after a person fell on the cliffs.

Three Coastguard rescue teams and the Coastguard helicopter were scrambled at around 9.30pm.

Police called in back-up when a vulnerable missing person they were searching for called 999.

The casualty told the control room they had fallen on the cliffs, banged their head and could not walk.

Tracking the call, crews had an idea the injured person was somewhere in the Wheal Charlotte area.



"In poor weather and visibility, six search teams were put out and saturated the area.

"With the tide rushing in, and unsure of whether the person would be clifftop or at sea level, Coastguard rescue helicopter 924 was tasked to search the cliffs with their thermal imaging cameras".

St Agnes Coastguard Search and Rescue Team

The casualty was eventually located around midnight and winched to safety to a waiting ambulance.

They were treated for suffering hypothermia and minor injuries.

"A very intensive search with a lot of resources, led to a very positive outcome. Thanks to all teams involved".

St Agnes Coastguard Search and Rescue Team

"The person had called emergency services to report they had fallen near the coast, banged their head and were unable to walk.

"The person was unable to give their location and shortly after phone signal was lost.

"Police officers, including dog handlers and the Police helicopter, the 3 Coastguard Rescue Teams, and Maritime and Coastguard Agency helicopter Rescue 924 carried out a substantial search of the area in poor weather conditions.

"Shortly before midnight Rescue 924 spotted the casualty on a cliff path and directed Coastguard Search teams in, as well as lowering their Paramedic Winchman.

"The casualty was then recovered to the medics at the top of the cliff for treatment, the casualty was suffering hypothermia & minor injuries.

"Teams stood down at 1am.

"A great multi agency effort and a life saved".

Newquay Coastguard

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