Angler rescued after fall at Ilfracombe

Fisherman taken to hospital following slip at Capstone.

COASTGUARD, fire and ambulance crews turned out to rescue an angler who fell on rocks at Capstone in Ilfracombe yesterday (Thursday).

The alarm was raised around mid morning after the man slipped at the popular fishing spot and leg injuries, thought to be his knee.

The rescue effort was co-ordinated by Swansea Coastguard and at around 11.40am two fire crews from the town plus a specialist rescue team from Barnstaple were called in to assist coastguard teams from Ilfracombe and Mortehoe.

As a crowd on onlookers watched from the Capstone path, they immobilised the casualty in a stretcher before preparing to carry him to safety.

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The man was taken to hospital by waiting paramedics from South Western Ambulance Service.

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