Man rescued from Ilfracombe cliff

A helicopter from RAF Chivenor rescued a man who slipped 45 feet down a cliff at Ilfracombe on Saturday. He had been out walking with his wife and four children when the incident happened. The man shouted to his family that he was not hurt, but was clin

A helicopter from RAF Chivenor rescued a man who slipped 45 feet down a cliff at Ilfracombe on Saturday.

He had been out walking with his wife and four children when the incident happened.

The man shouted to his family that he was not hurt, but was clinging on to a stone with a 300-feet drop below him.

The Ilfracombe and Mortehoe Coastguard rescue teams were turned out. A rescue helicopter was scrambled from Chivenor and plucked the man from the cliff face and delivered him to the top where he was checked over by Coastguards.


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Dave Jones, Swansea Coastguard duty watch manager, said the man had been very lucky. A girl had been lost some time ago falling from the same cliff.

"As the weather begins to warm up and people are tempted to picnic in the vicinity of cliffs, we would ask them to take extra care and not explore too close to the cliff edge," he said.

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Following this rescue, the Chivenor helicopter was diverted to a 33ft vessel which had run aground with 14 people on board half a mile from the Cardiff south buoy.

Twelve of the passengers were children enjoying a birthday party. Penarth lifeboats were launched and got a tow on the vessel before it heeled over. They towed it into deeper water and escorted it back to the Cardiff barrage.

Some of the children on board were sea sick, but none needed medical attention.

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