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Man in helicopter rescue after Moray cliff fall

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A man was winched to safety in a dramatic rescue after falling 30ft (9.1m) from a cliff in Moray.

Coastguard and ambulance crews worked together to get the man to safety.

He was walking home to his static caravan at Strathlene Caravan Park from the Admirals Inn at Findochty at about 21:10 when he fell from a cliff path.

A lifeboat was dispatched from Buckie but because the man landed near rocks at the bottom of the cliff, an airlift was required.

The injured man was winched by helicopter to the Strathlene Golf Course where he was transferred to an ambulance and taken to Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin.

Colin Wood, senior coastal operations officer for Moray coastguard, said: "It took us about half an hour to locate the man.

"Getting a stretcher up the cliff would have been impossible so he was winched to safety."

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