Newquay RNLI called to woman trapped on cliff by spring tide

Lifeboats News Release

Newquay's RNLI lifeboat volunteers responded to a launch request from UK Coastguard on Sunday afternoon (20 March) after a 999 call was received from a woman trapped below steep cliffs near the Barrowfields by the incoming spring tide.

The RNLI crew were alerted at 4.37pm and launched the charity's D class inshore lifeboat within minutes to search for the stranded woman in the area north of Tolcarne Beach in a moderate south easterly breeze and two hours still to run until high tide.

With support from UK Coastguard who had spoken to the woman during her emergency 999 call and Newquay Coastguard rescue team working on the cliff top, she was found stranded ten feet up the cliff face with a two metre swell hitting the rocks.

Due to conditions under the cliffs, it was deemed safer for the stranded woman to be rescued by the crew of the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter. With the lifeboat crew standing-by a short distance offshore, and water breaking around her, the woman in her 20s was rescued from the cliff face by the helicopter winch paramedic and landed safely on Tolcarne Beach.

After their fourth shout in three days, the lifeboat crew returned to Newquay Harbour at 5.05pm and RNLI volunteer deputy launching authority, Wayne Martin said: 'This was a good response & teamwork from all of the emergency crews involved.

If you're walking the shoreline, please check tide times, watch your exit points and if you get into difficulties, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard'.

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Notes to editors
The attached pictures show conditions at the foot of the cliffs where the woman was trapped and her rescue by the winch paramedic from the Coastguard helicopter. Credit: Heidi Westbrook.

Newquay lifeboat station opened in 1860 and today’s RNLI volunteers operate two inshore lifeboats and are on call 24-hours-a-day to save lives at sea.

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