A would-be base jumper seen sitting on the edge of cliffs on the East Devon coast sparked Beer Coastguard’s first callout of the year.
Safety advice was given to the male thrill-seeker after a concerned onlooker dialled 999 when he was spotted on the wrong side of fencing at Beer Head.
Rescuers tracked the man down on his way back to a nearby car park – as a strong breeze had seen him abandon the leap.
The emergency service team said that, despite a number of people seeing the man on the cliff edge, only one called the authorities.
The incident happened yesterday afternoon (Friday, January 10) at around 1.50pm.
Base jumping involves parachuting from a fixed structure. The term ‘base’ refers to fixed objects from which people leap; building, antenna, span and earth.
A Beer Coastguard spokesperson said of the callout: “Tasked to a male sat on the very edge of the cliff outside the fence at Beer Head.
“On our arrival the male had gone.
“On investigation and after speaking to a male walking back to the car park, it was confirmed he was the male and had intended to base jump off Beer Head, but the breeze was too strong and he had abandoned his jump.
“Safety advice was given.
If you see anything unusual or anybody in difficulty on the coast or at sea dial 999 and ask for the coastguard…
“It is apparent that several people saw the man over the fence but only one person dialled 999.
“If you see anything unusual or anybody in difficulty on the coast or at sea dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”