June 8, 2008
air-lifted to hospital after breaking leg in cliff fall
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).
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.
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]
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."
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
was a text book rescue, with good team working by all concerned."
Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard Web site