Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Window cleaner helps save 88-year-old landslip victim

PUBLISHED: 10:10 18 February 2014 | UPDATED: 10:10 18 February 2014

The latest landslip on the Old Beer Road. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref shb 1641-07-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

The latest landslip on the Old Beer Road. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref shb 1641-07-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Archant

A quick-thinking window cleaner has been praised for his actions when the Beer coast path crumbled beneath the feet of an elderly man.

The stricken pensioner fell three metres from the ‘notoriously unstable’ Old Beer Road, but his rescuer managed to secure him with a rope until emergency crews arrived.

Helicopter, coastguard and ambulance teams recovered the unharmed 88-year-old with the aid of the window cleaner’s ladder at around 4.40pm last Monday. “It’s lucky he didn’t fall any further down – he was a very lucky gentleman,” said Beer Coastguard Terry Hoare. “It must’ve been quite scary but he was fine.”

He said the man, who lived close by and had been looking out to sea, was checked over by a paramedic and taken home.

The coastguard has advised everybody to stay away from the area as it is ‘obviously a very unstable area of cliff’.

Police have fenced off the scene, and also on the Chine and at Seaton Hole to prevent members of the public walking on the beach below.

Old Beer Road was closed after a land slip during heavy rainfall in July 2012 and the South West Coast Path was subsequently diverted.

The route is fenced off, but Terry said even when they were there a man had climbed over the fence to take the shortcut.

Other News Stories

A popular member of staff is taking over as front of house manager at Tickety-Boo.

Read more

Devon and Cornwall residents are being polled on whether they would pay another £12 a year to ‘protect frontline policing’.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:30

Volunteers working to improve Ottery Skate Park have been recognised for their hard work with a ‘community project of the month’ accolade.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:30

Consider yourself lucky if you have managed to grab tickets to Sidmouth Youth Theatre’s upcoming production of 
Oliver!, as the show has virtually sold out.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:54

The officers were involved in a ‘pre-planned operation’ this afternoon.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:28

The council has teamed up with South West Ambulance and will invest £5,000 in the life saving equipment.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:57

A car propped up on bricks that was dumped in a Sidmouth’s Bowd layby weeks ago has now been trashed.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:37

Coleridge Memorial Trust is appealing for information after ‘thoughtless damage’ was caused to panels remembering Ottery’s ‘most famous son’.

Read more
Tue, 17:30

A familiar face to customers, residents and holidaymakers at Fields of Sidmouth has hung up her apron after 20 years’ service.

Read more
Tue, 17:21

More than 1,200 tonnes of rubbish was recycled in East Devon over Christmas and New Year - the equivalent of six blue whales.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 2°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications