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Injured casualty rescued by Torbay RNLI following cliff fall near Paignton

Lifeboats News Release

The Torbay RNLI inshore volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked at approximately 1pm on Wednesday 17 August to reports of a man who had slipped and fallen from the area of Armchair Rock, on the shoreline at Goodrington, Devon.

The casualty had sustained head and possible spinal injuries so the volunteer crew were asked to help extract him from the rocky area where he had landed. A woman who had been with him when he fell had sustained minor injuries during the incident, but was treated on scene by paramedics.

South Western Ambulance Service, HM Coastguard and the Devon Air Ambulance all attended the scene. The RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat crew were also tasked to the incident around 1.30pm to deliver more crew members and specialised equipment to assist with the extraction.

The casualty was stabilised and taken to nearby Broadsands Beach by the inshore lifeboat crew, where both land and air ambulances were waiting. He was then transferred by helicopter to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth for further treatment.

Notes to editors

The photo shows the volunteer RNLI crew manoeuvring the casualty from the shore to the inshore lifeboat, with the assistance of the coastguard rescue team and paramedics. Please credit Torbay Coastguard Rescue Team.

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The volunteer RNLI crew manoeuvring the casualty from the shore to the inshore lifeboat, with the assistance of the coastguard rescue team and paramedics.

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