Local Coastguard Had to Abseil to Rescue Walkers Stuck on Cornish Coastal Walk

Rescuers had to use ropes to reach two people who were stuck and unable to get back up to the main path in North Cornwall.

Coastguard crew abseil down to help stranded walkers along the North Cornish coast (Image: HM Coastguard Padstow/Facebook)
Coastguard crew abseil down to help stranded walkers along the North Cornish coast (Image: HM Coastguard Padstow/Facebook)

Two people who was on out for a walk had to be rescued along the North Cornish coast. Members from the HM Caostguard in Padstow said they were called out to Fox Cove in Treyamon just before 1pm on Tuesday (April 4th) after receiving calls about people being stuck at the bottom of a cliff.

They was joined by members from the Newquays coastgaurd search and rescue team and a full-time HM Coastguard officer. When tehy arrived at the scene they found relatives of the two walkers who told them they had been walking down an old fishermans path when they become stuck. 

The coastguard had no choice but to use ropes to abseil down the cliff face to rescue the people. In total the rescue took around 2.5 hours with no reported injuries. 

A post on HM Coastguard Padstow’s Facebook page said: “HM Coastguard Padstow search and rescue team were tasked to reports of two persons stuck at the bottom of the cliff at Fox Cove, near Treyarnon Bay. Newquay coastguard search and rescue team and a full-time HM Coastguard officer were also tasked to the incident.

“On arrival at the scene, team members met with family members on the cliff top who pointed out the two casualties and explained that they had been traversing an old fisherman’s path up the cliff but were unable to make any further upward progress.

“Having explored a number of extraction options, the teams implemented a full rope rescue setup and lowered two cliff technicians down to the casualties. Having made sure that the position of the casualties was safe, the first casualty was recovered by a cliff technician with the rescue sling (while the second tech remained with the other casualty).

“At the top of the cliff, the first casualty was assessed while the team lowered the cliff technician back down to the rescue site. The second casualty was then recovered by the other cliff technician, again using the rescue sling.

“With both casualties assessed to be uninjured, the cliff technician was lowered back down the cliff to the recover his colleague using the assisted ascent method. Both Teams were then stood down and returned to station for 3.30pm.

“Our thanks to our colleagues at Newquay CRT for their attendance and assistance with this rescue.”

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