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Climber airlifted after falling into the sea

Climber airlifted after falling into the sea

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:19am 15th July 2019. (Updated at 1:05pm 15th July 2019)

A climber has airlifted to hospital after falling from cliffs on the coast of west Cornwall.

The incident happened between St Ives and Penzance and sparked a major rescue.

Two lifeboats, two Coastguard rescue teams and a helicopter were scrambled to Commando Ridge on Saturday.

The RNLI sent two volunteer crew members ashore to help the helicopter paramedic pluck the casualty to safety.

Crews think the climber, who needed medical attention after swallowing water, had been in the sea for several minutes.

Coxswain of the St Ives all-weather lifeboat, Robert Cocking and Senior Helm, George Deacon, both commented after returning from service.

Robert Cocking said: "The crew performed extremely well and ensured all correct protocols and procedures were adhered to.

"We wish the climber a speedy recovery and would like to remind everyone out there that if you see anyone in trouble you must call 999 and ask for the coastguard".

Robert Cocking

George Deacon, Senior Helm, commented: "When these reports come in you are still unsure exactly what you are going to find until you arrive on scene.

"I was able to get our inshore lifeboat up close so we could get two crew members on scene to assist with the medical extraction; this ensured that the casualty could get the required medical attention as quickly as possible".

George Deacon

You can watch footage of the rescue below...

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