Joint effort to rescue fisherman from rocks after cliff fall

A fisherman was airlifted to hospital on Saturday afternoon after falling 10m from a cliff onto rocks at Bedruthen Steps on Saturday 29 June.

At 7.25pm HM Coastguard received a 999 call from the fisherman's buddy reporting that his friend had fallen 10m onto rocks and was dangerously close to the water's edge at Park Head, Newquay. 

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.

Newquay and Padstow Coastguard Rescue Teams, Newquay RNLI Lifeboat and the Newquay Coastguard helicopter were all sent to the scene.

The man was stabilised and treated on scene by the Winchman paramedic, two paramedics from the lifeboat crew and the Cornwall Air Ambulance critical care team, who responded by road, with support from the Coastguard Rescue Teams. 

The casualty was winched onboard and flown to Derriford Hospital, where we wish him a speedy recovery.  The man's friend was taken to Mawgan Porth by the RNLI crew.  


The informant did exactly the right thing to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard in this incident.

Angling is a hugely popular pastime for many people.  We want people to enjoy their days out and return home safely. As always though, if you do see someone in trouble or you get into difficulty yourself, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

Make sure you have a suitable flotation device; check weather and tidal conditions; tell a shore contact where you are going and when you intend to be back – tell them to call 999 and ask for the coastguard if you don’t return on time; wear suitable footwear such as stout walking boots and take a torch and a mobile phone with you.

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