Man rescued from cliffs near Bude

By The Post in Local People

CREWS from across Cornwall were paged to reports of a casualty that had found himself stuck on a cliff near Bude.

At 5.10pm on Saturday, July 29, the Coastguard Operations Centre at Falmouth received a 999 call from a gentleman who had found himself stuck on a cliff. The man had been walking on the beach between Widemouth Bay and Bude, and had tried to find a safe way to climb up the cliff when he became stuck on a ledge.

Coastguard rope rescue teams from Bude and Boscastle were paged, along with the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat from Bude and Widemouth lifeguards.

Lifeguards were able to locate the man approximately 20 metres above the water. The lifeboat stood by to provide safety cover, whilst the coastguard rescue teams rigged for a technical rope rescue.

A coastguard rope technician was able to descend the cliff and secure the man, before recovering him to the cliff top. He was unharmed and was reunited with his family on scene.

Coastguard teams advise: “If walking at the coast, please check the weather and tidal forecasts before heading out. Let someone know where you are going and what time to expect you back. Ensure you have adequate clothing for the conditions and have some means of calling for help in an emergency. In this instance, the gentleman did exactly the right thing in calling 999 and asking for the coastguard.”

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