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Christmas Day rescue on the Cornwall coast

Christmas Day rescue on the Cornwall coast

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:57am 27th December 2019.

A big Christmas Day rescue operation has been carried out in Cornwall after a man got stuck on a cliff.

It happened at Gwithian Beach just after 3pm on Wednesday 25th December.

A member of the public called the coastguard and it sparked a big mission involving the rescue helicopter.

Teams from St Ives and Portreath got the shout to the scene.

A paramedic was winched down to the cliff to scoop the man up to safety.

The man was checked over and luckily was not hurt so was escorted home.

You can watch the rescue underway below...

"While most of us were safe and sound tucking into our Christmas dinners yesterday afternoon, our staff were in our ops rooms and on call along with our coastguard volunteers across the UK, ready to help if you needed them.

"One of the many calls we received on Christmas Day came from a member of the public just after 3pm saying they could see person stuck on a cliff at Gwithian Beach, Cornwall.

"Coastguard rescue teams from St Ives and Porthreath, who are all volunteers, were sent along with an area commander. The coastguard helicopter from Newquay was on a training flight nearby and arrived in less than a minute of being tasked.

"The helicopter’s winchman paramedic was lowered to the man and used a single strop to scoop him off the cliff.

"Thankfully the man was checked over by the paramedic and didn’t need to go to hospital, he was then escorted home by members of the coastguard rescue teams.

"Have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year everyone, but remember if you do see someone in trouble along the coast or at sea call 999 and ask for the Coastguard."

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

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