Newquay RNLI crew assist injured man after cliff fall
Newquay's RNLI volunteers were alerted at 7.30pm on Saturday (29 June) and launched both the charity's inshore lifeboats, after UK Coastguard received a 999 call, stating that an angler had fallen from cliffs between Bedruthan Steps and Park Head.
The man had reportedly fallen about ten metres onto a rocky ledge and then a further five metres into a water-filled gully. Fortunately, he was rescued from the sea by his friends who climbed down to help him and were able to recover him back up to the ledge.
The lifeboat crew, including two who are paramedics, treated the injured man, alongside the crew of the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Newquay and Cornwall Air Ambulance critical care team, who responded by road, with support from Padstow Coastguard and Newquay Coastguard.
The injured man was stabilised at the scene, where he remained conscious throughout, before being airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth with suspected pelvic injuries by the crew of the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter.
RNLI crew on the two lifeboats then transferred the other teams and the man's friends to Mawgan Porth, before returning to Newquay Harbour at around 9.30pm.
This was a great example of the professionalism and teamwork regularly displayed by our RNLI volunteers and other local emergency teams and we send the man our best wishes for a speedy recovery.
If you see anyone in difficulties at the coast, please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
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- Newquay Lifeboat Day, Sunday 11 August.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.