Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: June 8, 2008
Walker air-lifted to hospital after breaking leg in cliff fall

An RAF helicopter joined Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston in rescuing a walker who suffered multiple injuries after falling 30 feet down a steep cliff-face on Sunday evening (June 8th).

Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were called to Sand Point, near Weston, at 5.45pm after the 34-year-old man missed his footing and fell down the cliffs onto the rocky beach below.

An RAF rescue helicopter from Chivenor in Devon was called to the scene, as pictured here, and the man - who suffered a broken leg and other injuries - was winched up to the helicopter before being flown to Weston General Hospital. [Click here for online video]

Burnham Coastguard Officer Steve Bird told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Given the nature of the casualty's injuries and his position at the base of the cliffs, it was quickly decided to call in a helicopter."

"Several members of the Weston Coastguard cliff team and two paremdics were lowered down the cliff face to help the casualty, aided by the Burnham team, and the helicopter was used to fly the man to hospital."

"It was a text book rescue, with good team working by all concerned."


Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard Web site


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