Bideford woman rescued after 100 foot cliff fall

A Bideford woman is in hospital with multiple fractures after falling 100 feet from cliffs at Welcombe Mouth near Hartland on Saturday night. The 24-year-old was airlifted to North Devon District Hospital by the RAF Search and Rescue helicopter from Chive

A Bideford woman is in hospital with multiple fractures after falling 100 feet from cliffs at Welcombe Mouth near Hartland on Saturday night.

The 24-year-old was airlifted to North Devon District Hospital by the RAF Search and Rescue helicopter from Chivenor after coastguard and paramedic teams spent the best part of an hour working to stabilise her.

The drama began just before 11pm when Swansea Coastguard received a call from the police. Coastguard cliff rescue teams from westward Ho! and Hartland were sent to the scene and the helicopter requested.

The Seaking helicopter manoeuvred close to the cliff face and hovered a short distance above the beach while the stretchered casualty was winched on board.


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The woman had been part of a group camping on the cliff top overlooking the beach when she fell on to the pebbles below.

Bernie Kemble, watch manager at Swansea Coastguard:

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"Incidents like these offer a stark reminder to people to stay away from cliff edges and keep to coastal paths and if you are walking near the coast at night, always be aware of the hazards and take a torch.

"Finally, if you see someone in difficulty at the coast, always dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. Emergency calls to the police about coastal incidents can mean a delay in sending rescue resources whilst the call is passed on."

Police said the woman was 24 and from the Bideford area. She was conscious when found by rescuers and was treated for a number of fractures, which were not thought to be life threatening, they said.

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