UK: Cliff rescue after 3 fell from cliffs at Newquay, Cornwall – 080513 1555z

During the evening of 7 May a large party of international young people, mainly Austrian, Swiss, German and English, mostly aged in their early twenties attended the Lowenick restaurant on Pentire, Newquay for a farewell dinner.

The group had been travelling all week engaging in activities promoting international relations. The group are currently staying in the Penzance area. Three young men from the party decided to go climbing on the cliffs near to Pentire Headland. Two of the group of three fell from the cliffs approximately 5 metres into the sea.
The two men were located on rocks at the base of the cliffs on the North side of Pentire Head near to Pentire Point. One man, a 22 year old Swiss man sustained a fractured pelvis after hitting rocks as he fell.
He was airlifted by Royal Navy Sea King helicopter from the scene and taken to Treliske hospital, Truro where he remains. The uninjured man was rescued by the lifeboat and taken to Newquay harbour.
. Staff from both Newquay and Padstow Coastguard attended the incident along with a Sea King Helicopter from RNAS Culdrose and two Newquay lifeboats.
Inspector Dave Meredith commented:

“With the summer season fast approaching, this incident is a timely reminder of the dangers of the areas around cliffs. The two persons who fell into the sea were not suitably dressed or equipped to go near or on such dangerous cliffs.
Light was fading and other members of this large group were also put in danger by their efforts to locate the two missing men.
It is fortunate that we are not today dealing with a fatal Newquay cliff fall.”

Newquay cliff fall scene May 7, 2013

(Video credit: Stephen Creswell)

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