Man rescued after jumping from rocks in Torquay


A man was rescued this afternoon, Wednesday 27th June after jumping from rocks in Torquay.

Coastguard crews, coastguard helicopter and ambulance crews attended the scene at ‘London Bridge’ near the Imperial Hotel.

Berry Head Coastguard said on Facebook today: “The casualty had been jumping off rocks in the area when he got into difficulties and was dashed against rocks in the heavy swell. Luckily for him two other lads dived in and pulled him out of the water just in time as he was face down by this time.

“Once on scene Torbay Coastguard also arrived and we started taking equipment to the cliff top above the casualty so that we could set up a cliff rescue holdfast. One of the Torbay team – who is also assistant Harbourmaster in Torquay – took two other team members round to the casualties location in the harbour patrol RIB Oscar 4. He then returned to the harbour to pick up South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust crew members and also took them to the casualty. Shortly after Coastguard helo Rescue 924 arrived on scene having been to Exeter airport to refuel after a previous job in the bay. They lowered their winchman paramedic and once they had stabilised and secured the casualty in the stretcher he was winched into the helicopter and taken to Derriford hospital for treatment,”

Berry Head Coastguard added: “Conditions were very deceptive today – hot weather and blue skies drew everyone to the sea but people didn’t make allowances for the heavy swell that the easterlies had brought into the bay,”

A man died after being pulled from the sea at Babbacombe this afternoon, more here.

Two kayakers were also rescued off Preston Sands. More here.

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