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Man falls 40ft from Cornish coast path onto rocks

Man falls 40ft from Cornish coast path onto rocks

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:21pm 2nd January 2020. (Updated at 8:51am 3rd January 2020)

A man has fallen 40 foot from the Cornish coast path during the early hours of New Year's Day after a night out.

Coastguard crews say a group of friends had been walking the coast path back to Polzeath after celebrating the New Year in Rock.

But one person lost their footing and fell onto the rocks below, suffering a number of injuries to his face along with a suspected broken wrist and damage to both shoulders.

Paramedics were also called to the scene near Daymer Bay just before 2.30am and the man was put onto a stretcher.

He was then airlifted to Derriford Hospital by the coastguard helicopter.

daymer bay New Year's Day rescue
A man has suffered numerous injuries after falling 40ft from the Cornish coast path in the early hours of New Year's Day

"Six team members responded to their pagers early this morning to assist South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust with a male who had fallen from the coast path and had a number of injuries.

"After initial reports that the casualty was near Trebetherick point, team members searched the area and found him along with a paramedic below Brea Hill.

"A group of friends had been walking the coast path back to Polzeath after celebrating the new year in Rock, one of the group had lost his footing and had fallen approx 40 foot onto the rocks below. 

"Once on scene we assisted the paramedic with stabilising the casualty and providing pain relief and requested the coastguard helicopter rescue 924. 

"He had sustained a number of facial injuries along with a suspected broken wrist and damage to both shoulders but was lucky to have been alert and responsive. 

"We packaged him into our stretcher and kept him warm until the arrival of rescue 924.

"A HLS was established on Daymer beach and after a detailed handover he was taken to Derriford hospital for further treatment.

"He was very lucky after a fall from that height to only sustain minimal injuries and that the tide was out. We wish him a speedy recovery and all the best for 2020."

Polzeath Coastguard

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