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St. Agnes RNLI rescue fallen climbers

Lifeboats News Release

St. Agnes RNLI lifeboat was alerted to an incident involving two climbers where one had fallen from a cliff near St. Agnes head. They were abseiling down the rock face when suddenly one of the ropes came loose.

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St.Agnes RNLI assisting fallen climber

On Monday evening (2 May) at about 5pm, HM Coastguard received a call from two climbers who were unable to ascend back up the cliff face and one of the climbers had obtained a nasty cut on his leg. They were unable to move due to the sharp, dramatic cliff face and a large swell beneath them.

Both St. Agnes cliff rescue team (CRT) and RNLI lifeboat were tasked to the incident about 10 minutes away from St. Agnes beach. Due to the position of the casualties, a member of the CRT abseiled down to the climbers and assisted them with the in-shore lifeboat (ILB).

St. Agnes RNLI helm, Ed Schwarz, along with his crew members, Fred and Iona, made the decision to extract both casualties and the CRT member on to the ILB and return them to shore by boat where they were greeted by the station’s recovery shore crew and the casualties were treated for their injuries.

Ed Schwarz says: ‘This is a prime example of the importance of always carrying a means of calling for help and letting somebody know where you are going, especially when doing an activity at the coast. Our lifeboat crew and St. Agnes CRT all pulled together and worked out the best possible way to rescue both casualties and return everyone to shore safely.’

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Becky Bright, RNLI Media Engagement Placement (South West) on 07929 673281 or [email protected]. or Tom Knight, St. Agnes Lifeboat Press Officer on [email protected] or Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 07786 668847 or [email protected]. Alternatively, please contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or [email protected].

RNLI/Lucy Stein

St. Agnes Cliff Rescue Team assisting fallen climber

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