Climber winched to safety

By Toby Leigh in Emergency Services

Coastguards were called out to help a man who had fallen down cliffs at Brixham while rock climbing with a friend.

The man sustained a suspected dislocated right shoulder after plunging 80ft while leading the rock climbing trip.

Teams from Torbay and Berry Head were sent by the Maritime and Coast­guard Agency to the scene at Seven Quarries. A search team was also sent from Fishc­ombe Holiday Park to find the casualty.

Torbay RNLI lifeboat was launched from its base in Brixham to help with the coastline search while the coastguard helicopter joined the hunt from the air.

Once the injured man was located, it was decided because of the difficult terrain that the best way to rescue him was by helicopter.

Coastguards on the ground used torches to guide the pilot to the location.

The helicopter lowered its winchman to administer first aid and painkilling drugs while a landing site was prepared at Churston Golf course.

When the casualty was secured, he was winched on board the helicopter and then transferred to a waiting ambulance at the landing site.

A coastguard spokesman said: “During the time the winchman was on the ground, Rescue 924 received an urgent new tasking to a sinking fishing vessel off the Cornish coast so time was of the essence.

“This was a positive outcome in what was a difficult location to operate in.

“We apologise to anyone who was playing golf that morning at Churston Golf Cub, the helicopter R924 is very heavy.”

The incident, the 65th call out for coastguards this year, took place at 9.30pm on Monday, July 3.

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