Devon

Watcombe cliff fall man in 'complicated' rescue

  • 4 July 2013
  • From the section Devon
Watcome beach
The man was trapped in a ravine about halfway down the cliff at Watcome

A man has been taken to hospital with head and leg injuries after falling from cliffs in south Devon.

The man fell about 40ft (13m) into a ravine at Watcome beach near Torquay.

The "complicated" rescue involved coastguard cliff rescue teams from Paignton and Teignmouth and Portland Coastguard helicopter.

The injured man, who lives locally, was taken to Torbay Hospital. His condition is not known, but not believed to be life threatening.

Brixham Coastguard, who coordinated the rescue after the man called police just after 14:30 BST, said he fell about halfway down the cliff.

"This was a complicated rescue because the man fell about 40 feet and was trapped under an overhang," a Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman said.

"The cliff rescue teams couldn't see him - the helicopter crew could, but they couldn't reach him."

After more than two hours, the cliff rescue teams were able to bring the man to safety using ropes and lines.

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