New video footage has been released from a “daring and difficult” cliff side rescue that was conducted in Torquay on Wednesday (April 7).
HM Coastguard has posted the video on its social media pages from the incident which saw emergency services get dispatched to the scene near the Imperial Hotel.
The clip which is 37 seconds long shows the man who had fallen down the cliff being lifted up to the coastguard’s helicopter.
Drew Parkinson, Coastal Operations Area Commander for Devon, commended the fast and professional response of the emergency services during the mission.
Shortly after 1pm, Coastguards received a report of a man in trouble near the Imperial Hotel on Parkhill Road after two schoolboys heard faint shouts for help and dialled 999.
Torbay and Berry Head coastguard rescue teams alongside duty coastal officers were all sent to the scene alongside the Torbay RNLI inshore lifeboat and Devon & Cornwall Police.
Police acted quickly on arrival by using throw-lines to temporarily stabilise the casualty, which Drew believes is ultimately what saved his life until coastguards arrived with rope rescue equipment.
The casualty was positioned on the edge of the cliff and far enough down that it was a technically difficult place to secure, with the rope equipment at the absolute limit of what it can handle.
Mr Parkinson said: “Coastguards were on scene extremely quickly owing to coastguard rescue teams conducting local safety patrols throughout Easter.
“The professionalism of our coastguard rescue officers, local police officers and the SAR helicopter crew undoubtedly saved a life.
“Many thanks to the police for their assistance and well done to the boys for phoning 999.”
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Due to the location, the coastguard rescue helicopter from Newquay was called in to winch the casualty to safety.
He was taken to Daddyhole Plain before being transferred into the care of South Western Ambulance.
After the man was taken to hospital, he was said to have suffered minor injuries.
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