Jersey, CI: Woman in dramatic rescue after 200ft cliff fall near Groznez – Published 02 Apr 2017 1700z (GMT/UTC)

“A 59-YEAR-old woman was winched to safety by helicopter after falling more than 200 feet down a cliff near Groznez.

The rescue, carried out by the Fire and Rescue Service and Jersey Coastguard happened at around 6 pm on Saturday evening.

Fire crew abseiled down the cliffs near Groznez Castle to reach the woman. However, when they were unable to get the woman up the cliff face a helicopter was called out and Les Landes race course was used as a landing pad.

The States police confirmed that the woman was winched to safety before being taken to the Hospital with injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening.” – Jersey Evening Post





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UK: Cliff rescue at Sewerby, East Yorkshire, after 17 yr old tried to rescue dog over cliff edge – Published 300115 1827z

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A seventeen year old who went after his dog after it had gone over a cliff edge had to be rescued himself.
Humber Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre received a 999 call from the youth’s mother at 3.15pm on 29th January to say he was stuck on cliffs at Sewerby, close to the MRCC.
His mother said he had tried to rescue their dog which had gone over the cliff edge. The dog had made its own way back, leaving the 17 year old stuck on an icy ledge.
Humber Coastguard immediately sent the Coastguard Rescue Teams from Bridlington and Filey to the scene to assess the situation. On arrival the Coastguard Rescue officers made the decision that the quickest and safest method of rescue would be by helicopter so the RAF Rescue Helicopter based at Leconfield rescued the youth from the cliff.

Watch Manager Mike Puplett said
‘This was a well executed rescue and was resolved quickly.
‘However my message once again is for dog owners to keep their pets on a lead when they are close to cliff edges.

‘Also, members of the public should never climb or descend cliffs in order to carry out a rescue themselves.
‘The weather on that day was inclement, and a snow flurry had just engulfed the area, making the cliffs even more treacherous.’


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)

Wales: Dramatic sea cliff rescue of spear fishing pair at Porth Ceiriad, near Abersoch – 070513 1125z

Abersoch RNLI in dramatic sea cliff rescue

During their second call out of the year, Abersoch RNLI volunteers stayed with two casualties, stranded on rocks pummeled by a swelling sea, to await the arrival of RAF Rescue helicopter 122 (RAF Valley) which winched them all to safety.

These dramatic events, which also involved teams of local Coastguard and Beach Patrol, took place at the precarious base of steep sea cliffs at the south eastern end of Porth Ceiriad,three miles south of Abersoch.

Abersoch RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Margaret Bench of Solihull, was launched at 5.20pm on Saturday 4 May after receiving initial reports that the casualties were two children. After 10 minutes the RNLIvolunteers were on scene, having spotted two men in apparent difficulties on the rocks.

One crew member was able to jump from the bow of the inshore lifeboat on to the rocks and make his way up to assess the casualties. There was a big swell breaking on that point, so the lifeboat retreated to a safer position for the volunteers to consider the next move. It quickly became apparent that another crew member, one with first aid experience, was needed on the rocks.

So with skillful seamanship, the RNLI inshore lifeboat was maneuvered to enable the second crew member to position himself on the rocks, equipped with the first aid kit and a handheld radio. One of the casualties was injured, complaining of neck and back pain and a neck collar was fitted.

The waves were increasing in size with some breaking over the four men. The breaking swells knocked the radio and both kit bags out of the grasp of the volunteers as they hung on to the casualties. So there was no way of communicating with the inshore lifeboat, Rescue 122 or Holyhead Coastguard.

At 5.38pm the rescue helicopter arrived, alerted to the position with the aid of a crew member’s orange day smoke flare. With the aircraft hovering above, another big wavebroke. RNLI helmsman Andy Gunby, who had earlier decided to put himself as the second crewman on the rocks, leaving Senior Helmsman,David Williams in charge of the inshore lifeboat, said:

‘We were trying to keep the casualty as immobile as possible when a big breaker hit the rocks, swamping all of us and washing crew member Paul Collins 10 feet down the cliff into the water.’

Fortunately, Paul was able to cling on and eventually made his way back up to take care of the casualties.

The RAFwinchman was lowered to the casualty’s position, and as the sea conditions were very rough at that time, he decided it was too dangerous to use a stretcher. So the injured casualty was carefully lifted, with the winchman, into the aircraft.

When the latter came back down to the rocks, the second casualty and crew member Paul Collinswere also hoisted. Finally, to complete the evacuation helmsman Andy Gunby and the winchman were lifted to safety.

Both Abersoch RNLI crew members were transferred in the Rescue 122 to the beach at Porth Ceiriad, and then the casualties were immediately flown by helicopter to Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.

One crewman was taken back to the boathouse by Abersoch Beach Patrol and the other waded out to be picked up by the inshore lifeboat, returning to station at 6.10pm.” – RNLI

Abersoch Lifeboat Statement (more detail)

“Launched on service to two adults stuck at bottom of cliffs at Porth Ceiriad. On our way Holyhead Coastguard informed us that one person wasn’t moving as injured.
The swell increased as we got past St Tudwals islands and headed towards Ceiriad. We arrived at Porth Ceiriad and began searching, they both had black wetsuits on – We spotted them quickly and guided the boat in through big breaking waves. One crew member made his way to the bow of the lifeboat to jump onto the rocks. Once on the rocks he clung on and timed climbing up the rocks with the breaking waves while the lifeboat moved back out of the breakers.
Our crew member climbed up to both casualties one of them wasn’t moving lay on his back the other seemed fit and well. Both casualties were assessed, he was just about conscious but had taken a big bang on his head from a rock whilst spear fishing and swallowed a lot of sea water. Therefore immeadiately concerned about possible neck and spinal injuries. He was breathing and able to say a few words.

The swell started to increase dramatically and were breaking over the 3 of them. Our crew member was concerned they would all be washed of and down the rocks as it was incredibly slippy so he straddled the casualty protecting him while maintaining his airway and reassuring him and his friend. Telling his friend to move up the cliffs as high as he could and get secure for the breaking waves.
Meanwhile the lifeboat was trying to get the second crew member onto the rocks to assist. He quickly got onto the rocks and the lifeboat rapidly got out of the dangerous breaking surf. The waves were getting bigger and bigger, smashing over the top of them. A few minutes later huge wave crashed over them and washed both first aid bags and the handheld radio out of their hands whilst they tried to cling onto the rocks and keep hold of the casualties. So they had no way of communicating with the lifeboat, RAF Rescue 122 or Holyhead Coastguard.
After ten minutes or so the RAF Rescue 122 helicopter arrived on scene. They hovered for a while planning whats best to do. During that time another huge wave crashed over them, the crew member that was still straddling the casualty keeping him safe when the wave completely pounded into them and washed that crew member down the cliff landing on more rocks and onto the rocks at the bottom of the cliff and eventually under the water. He came back the the surface and managed to find a rock to grab but it was so slippy and sharp it was difficult to hang onto and was washed off again. More breaking waves smashed into them, he clung on until there was a gap in the swell and managed to climb back up to the casualties being looked after by our other crew member. More waves smashed over them all and everyone nearly got washed down the cliffs a few times, dragging them down with the waves. They had to cling onto the casualties and pulled them back up. The crew decided to move up as high as we could but the cliffs were overhanging us so couldn’t go that much further.
The lifeboat helm was battling to keep the boat pointing into the surf. The RAF winch man came down from the helicopter and winched the injured casualty first. As this was happening the swell was increasing and more breaking waves were hitting them trying to wash them off. The winch man came back down and one crew member and the other casualty were winched up to the helicopter. The winch line went back down to get the remaining crew member and the winch man.
They couldn’t have lasted there another few minutes.
The two casualties were taken straight to Bangor hospital – Ysbyty Gwynedd.
The skill and bravery of the crew of the lifeboat and the RAF Sea King helicopter which was invaluable, saved lives in this incident.”

News Reports

(Video credit: BBCWorldNewsWatch)


Two men trapped on rocks while spear fishing have been rescued by an RNLI inshore lifeboat crew and airlifted to hospital by rescue helicopter.

The pair were caught in waves breaking below cliffs at Porth Ceiriad, near Abersoch, Gwynedd, on Saturday.

Two Abersoch RNLI crew members went to the rocks but was one was temporarily washed into the sea.

The crewmen were airlifted to the beach and the casualties were taken to hospital at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.

The alert was raised after the men were swept on to the rocks after leaving the nearby beach.

13 killed, 25 injured in tragic bus accident in Himara, Albania – bus fell 80 metres (260 ft) off cliff into ravine

Not a lot left of bus in ravine

“A bus carrying university students on a pre-graduation trip toppled off a mountain cliff in southern Albania on Monday, killing 12 people and injuring another 21, authorities said.

University officials said two buses had been taking 75 third-year language and literature students and three professors from Aleksander Xhuvani University in the city of Elbasan on a trip to the southern city of Saranda.One bus carrying 33 people fell 80 meters (yards) off the road near the town of Himare, 137 miles (220 kilometers) south of the capital, Tirana, police spokeswoman Klejda Plangarica said.

The cause of the crash was unclear. Albanian media quoted one of the passengers and a resident near the crash site as saying the bus had been going very fast. Albania’s transport minister also said the road had been recently repaired.Fourteen of the injured students were in serious condition and were flown by helicopter to Tirana’s military hospital. One died on the way, raising the total death toll to 12.

Local prefect Edmond Velcani said the bus driver was among the dead.Prime Minister Sali Berisha sent condolences to the families of the dead, speaking from Chicago, where he was attending a NATO summit.

President Bamir Topi and main opposition Socialist party leader Edi Rama visited the hospital and Rama donated blood for the injured.

The government declared a national day of mourning Tuesday, with flags at half-mast and public television broadcasting classical music. It will also pay all funeral expenses.”

Monday, 21 May, 2012 at 20:30 (08:30 PM) UTC RSOE

“Few kilometers from Himara, in the area known as “Qafa e Vishs”, in one of the turns, the bus lost control and ended in the abyss. The crash was fatal to 11 Language and Literature female students, for the driver, Pllumb ela, and Armand Halilaga, one of the girls’ fianc.

The residents of the area and by-passers were the first to help, but the rugged grounds and the position of the bus made it very difficult to save lives.

The fall was fatal for the passengers, when the vehicle they were travelling with overturned a number of times, crashing at the end against the rocks.

The search and rescue operation started from the air, while in the scene police forces, as well as “RENEA” arrived to give the necessary help for the survivors.

Meanwhile, Vlora’s, Himara’s, Saranda’s ambulances were sent to the scene. Special groups of doctors from the Military Hospital in Tirana and that of Vlora were gathered.”

Police identified 13 tragic accident’s victims. 11 of them arrived in the morgue of Vlora, at 00:20 AM to undergo the identification procedures by their relatives. Two other victims are at the Military hospital. Around 02:00 AM the identification was complete.

The victims are:
1. Denisa Guzi from Gramsh
2. Ermira Mana from Elbasan
3. Aurora Molla from Pogradeci
4. Lindita Kabashi from Elbasan
5. Joana Debinja from Lushnja
6. Elsa Daka from Elbasan
7. Juliana Tola from Elbasan
8. Armand Halilaga from Kavaja
9. Pllumb ela, the driver, from Elbasan
10. Fabiola Shehi, from Brxull, Tirana
11. Eriola Xhoi from Elbasan
12. Eranda Baloshi from Elbasan
13. Dorina Stafa from Kruja

Injured – Recently at the Military Hospital in Tirana:
1. Kaltra Pollozhani
2. Alma Deda
3. Eranda Bato
4. Antoneta Tae
5. Doriana Kumria
6. Anisa obaj
7. Shegushe Haka
8. Elsa Shtylla
9. Ifsjana Karriqi
10. Mirsie Biba
11. Besjana Dani
12. Briselda Gubere
13. Florije Peci
14. Blerina ereni
15. Griselda Zeneli

Injured – At Vlora’s hospital:
1. Elidona Gjinaj
2. Enkela Daja
3. Ticiana Hysa
4. Juliana Kuqi
5. Ergita Opingari
6. Adjola Musaka
7. Liri Hasa
8. Besjana Xheneti
9. Adisa ela
10. Anisa Hysa

In good conditions at Himara’s hospital:
1. Arta Ballabani

A special investigative group continues the investigations for shedding light on the causes of this tragic accident.”

Jul Kasapi

Raw footage of the carnage

“The Qafa e Vishs bus tragedy (Albanian: Tragjedia e Qafs s Vishs) was an accident which occurred on May 21, 2012, near the town of Himara in Qafa e Vishs, approximately 220km (137 miles) south of the capital Tirana,where a bus plunged 80 metres (260 ft) off a cliff. Most of the victims were university students of Aleksandr Xhuvani University of Elbasan. The driver is also believed to have been killed. The students were travelling from the city of Elbasan to the city of Saranda.

Ambulances and rescue helicopters were sent to the crash site to help the injured. There are fears that the death toll could rise further. The bus plunged some 80m (260ft) off the road on Monday, police spokeswoman Klejda Plangarica was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. A police investigation is now under way. At least 12 people were killed and 22 injured when a bus fell off a cliff in southern Albania, officials say. “-

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Dramatic Cliff Rescue at Mullion Cove in Cornwall, UK

Cornwall UK: Holiday maker falls from cliff nr Mullion Cove Hotel onto rocks, airlifted in poorly condition

BBC News report updated at 19:58 5 May 2012

Mullion Coastguard Team

The team aided by neighbouring Porthoustock Cliff Rescue Team have just returned from an operational Callout at Mullion Cove.

At approximately 1910 hours the team were paged by Falmouth ops room to reports of a 54 year old male holiday maker in the county for less than 8 hours,fallen from the Mullion Cove Hotel side onto the rocks below. Navy rescue 193 and Mullion and Porthoustock Cliff Rescue Teams were Mobilised and a very swift attendance at the scene followed.

South Cornwall Sector Manager also in attendance and overseeing operations.

The male was recovered in an extremely serious condition and airlifted to Royal Cornwall Hospital by navy 193 and emergency life support carried out by the on board paramedic.

Mullion and Porthoustock rope rescue technicians were sent down to the cliffs bottom to recover stretchers and other equipment left by the helicopter crew and a z-drag recovery system was utilised…

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