'Emergency Rescue: Air, Land & Sea' behind the scenes: meet the coastguard team

In Sunday’s episode of ‘Emergency Rescue: Air, Land & Sea’, we saw Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team working together with the Newquay search and rescue helicopter crew to help a man who got well and truly stuck in dense gorse.   

The man decided to climb the cliff as a short cut to escape an incoming tide, the gorse gradually got thicker and denser to the point where he was completely stuck.   

Rob Farr, Senior Coastal Operations Officer, was at another incident nearby when the call for help came in. Rob said:

"I was with Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team at an ordnance incident a few miles away, it was all under control so myself and a member of the Falmouth team headed over to the cliff incident. 
 
"That stretch of cliff is well known to us, people often get caught out by the tide, attempt to climb to the top and more often than not get into difficulty.   

"When I arrived the Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team were already on scene. Andy, a coastguard rescue officer, was attempting to crawl though the gorse to the man but it proved just too dense. The back-up plan was to call the helicopter for help and thankfully they were able to lift the man out of the gorse.

"Sometimes one little decision can have a massive impact on your day. The man was very lucky that he only came away with a few cuts a bruises from the gorse, it could have been a lot worse." 


Senior Coastal Operations Officer Rob Farr 

If you’re heading out for a walk along the coast, check the weather and tides before you head out. Take a fully charged mobile phone and tell someone where you are going and when you will be back. And remember don’t attempt to climb a cliff as a short cut to the top! If you do get into difficulty or see someone in trouble at sea or along the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. 
  
You can catch up on ‘Emergency Rescue: Air, Land & Sea’ here

Don’t forget this week’s brand new episode on Sunday at 9pm on More4.  

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