Emergency services in Torquay cliff rescue

(Last Updated On: June 2, 2019)

Emergency services were involved in a cliff rescue in Torquay earlier today, Sunday 2nd June.

Torbay Coastguard, Berry Head Coastguard, Teignmouth RNLI, Coastguard helicopter, police and ambulance crews were at the scene in Babbacombe.

The alarm was raised at around 12.25pm for a fisherman who had failed to return to Walls Hill from Long Quarry.

The man was located by Teignmouth RNLI and then rescued by Coastguard crews. The coastguard helicopter landed at Walls Hill. The man was then taken to hospital. The extent of his injuries are not currently known.

Torbay Coastguard posted on Facebook: “We were tasked together with Berry Head Coastguard by Maritime and Coastguard Agency after the alarm was raised for a fisherman who had failed to make his way up to the top of Walls Hill from the bottom of Long Quarry, Teignmouth Lifeboat were also tasked to assist in the search.

“Teams first on scene set up a two stake hold fast to enable a cliff tech to look over the edge of the cliff then as more members turned up a second hold fast was prepared. A cliff tech was lowered down the cliff edge whilst a second was lowered down the track Teignmouth lifeboat put some crew ashore to search the base of Long Quarry.

“Teignmouth RNLI located the casualty in the shrub and our first cliff tech was lowered to his position and between them carried out first aid, our second cliff tech took down our casualty stretcher and R924 was also launched to winch the casualty to the top of Walls Hill where spare team members and Devon & Cornwall Police prepared a landing site.

“The casualty was then transfered into the care of South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and taken to hospital,”

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