Cliff climber saved after falling 30ft: Watch video of rescue from helicopter

Skillful flying in strong winds as man is lifted on a stretcher

A fallen climber and his fellow climbing partner were rescued from an incoming tide after falling 30ft from a cliff in north Cornwall.

Just before 5pm yesterday, Sunday, HM Coastguard were contacted by Devon & Cornwall Police​ reporting that a climber had informed them that his climbing partner had fallen 30ft over a cliff near Sharpness Point, Morwenstow.


The HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Newquay was sent to the scene alongside Bude Coastguard Search and Rescue Team​ and Hartland Coastguard Search and Rescue Team​.

The fellow climber had already assisted the casualty by putting him the recovery position and then awaited the arrival of HM Coastguard.

The Newquay Coastguard helicopter arrived on scene quickly and was skilfully manoeuvred in the strong off-shore wind and heavy turbulence to the base of the cliff in order to drop the winchman and stretcher down to the scene.

After being made stable, the casualty and his climbing partner were winched onboard and taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

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