Walker who fell 100ft down cliffs near Exmouth is rescued by helicopter after shouts for ‘help’ are heard

A walker who fell 100 meters down cliffs near Exmouth was winched to safety by the coastguard helicopter.

The emergency services were on Friday evening (March 18) called to an area between Otter Cove and Budleigh Salterton, after reports a person had fallen down the cliff face, east of Devon Cliffs holiday park, near West Down Beacon.

Exmouth Coastguard said the casualty was in a ‘precarious position’, some 50 metres away from the sea below, and had to be winched off by helicopter.

The casualty was located after a member of the public heard shouts for help near Straight Point, Exmouth.

An Exmouth Coastguard spokesperson said: “An advance search team located the casualty on a ledge approximately 100 meters from the cliff top and 50 meters from the sea.

“Exmouth inshore lifeboat and all-weather lifeboat both kept eyes on from the seaward side.

“With the casualty in a precarious position and inaccessible within a timely manner, helicopter assistance was requested.

“Rescue 187 arrived on scene, assessed the situation and proceeded to winch the casualty from the cliff.

“The casualty was handed over to coastguard units and taken for further assessment at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.”

Exmouth inshore and all-weather lifeboats launched at around 6.30pm, and joined Beer and Exmouth coastguard teams in a search for the stricken walker.

An Exmouth RNLI spokesman said: “The lifesavers were assisted in the assignment by Exmouth and Beer coastguard rescue teams as a multi-agency approach to the emergency.

“A further report was received at 6.55pm that a member of the public had heard shouting coming from the cliffs at the eastern side of Straight Point, Exmouth and both lifeboats routed to the scene.

“The casualty was located soon afterwards having fallen some distance down the cliff and the all-weather lifeboat was able to provide flood lighting to assist the recovery.”

The RNLI spokesman said the Coastguard rescue helicopter took off at around 7.30pm to rescue the stranded casualty.

He said: “The crew of the helicopter were able to winch the casualty from the cliff to safety and at 8.11pm both RNLI lifeboats were stood down.

“The casualty appeared uninjured but was assessed by the Coastguard rescue team as to the need for precautionary medical attention.”

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