Injured holidaymaker praises his North Devon rescuers

A holidaymaker was full of praise for his rescuers after breaking his leg on a remote area of coast path near Combe Martin. Alex Lyndley, from Brighton, was making his way down the footpath at Little Hangman early on Thursday afternoon with friend Colin

A holidaymaker was full of praise for his rescuers after breaking his leg on a remote area of coast path near Combe Martin.

Alex Lyndley, from Brighton, was making his way down the footpath at Little Hangman early on Thursday afternoon with friend Colin Whitelock when he slipped on wet grass and was left unable to walk.

Initially thinking it was only a sprained ankle, the pair called 999 to ask for advice and the Devon Air Ambulance was promptly despatched to the scene, followed shortly after by two Coastguards and paramedics from south Western Ambulance Service.

After treatment he was airlifted to North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple, where doctors diagnosed a clean fracture of the fibula in his lower leg and put it in plaster.


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Alex, a musician from Brighton, had been staying at the Wild Pair Centre in King Street, Combe Martin, with a group of 13 friends which included fellow band members Catherine Saunders and Eddie Harrington.

Their holiday had been intended partly to celebrate the recording of a single and album by their indie band Dirty Viv, but it was not expected to be quite so eventful.

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All four expressed their gratitude to the emergency services for their promptness and professionalism and Alex added:

"They did an excellent job and I am very grateful they got there so quickly.

"They were very efficient and it was all relatively painless - I am touched and grateful for their efforts and hard work.

"I'd also like to remind fellow walkers to wear appropriate footwear and not to underestimate walking conditions.

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