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Dramatic rescue footage of a man swept from rocks

Dramatic rescue footage of a man swept from rocks

Published by Emma Carton at 7:23am 12th November 2019. (Updated at 4:04pm 12th November 2019)

Dramatic footage has been released of a huge rescue off the north Cornwall coast.

A fisherman was airlifted to hospital after being swept out at Porthcothan, Bedruthan Steps.

The Coastguard helicopter was scrambled on Sunday afternoon after walkers raised the alarm.

Crews say the passerby who threw a life-ring from the cliff-top 'undoubtedly' helped to saved his life.

"Despite the buoy not having a direct line to shore, the throw was so accurate that it landed within the man's grasp and enabled him to keep afloat, tread water and stay much closer to land, despite rocky waves.

"That intervention - along with the search and rescue helicopter's rapid response - played a huge part in saving the man's life".

HM Coastguard

Scroll down to watch the moment the man was winched from the water.

"When we arrived at Park Head, we had our winchman ready to go because it was such a remote and challenging area.

"The fisherman had been treading water and didn't have anything left.

"Our winch operator Phil Warrington and winchman Bungi Williams winched the man up as fast as possible, but it was a struggle to move him out of the buoy and move the rope clear of his body as we lifted him up out of the water.

"Whoever launched the ring from the cliff side really saved this gentleman's life. 

"The public also helped us locate the man, given they made sure they were visible by waving their arms to get our attention as we arrived.

"We wrapped the man in blankets as soon as we rescued him and his body temperature was 32 degrees. 

"Again, that was another reminder of how tough the conditions must've been for this gentleman in the water".

Coastguard Helicopter Co-Pilot, Mark Coupland

The fisherman was airlifted to hospital but discharged on Sunday night.

Watch the moment he was winched from the water...

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