A 75-year old man was rescued by the emergency services after falling from the coast path at the clifftop on Salcombe Hill.

Exmouth and Beer Coastguard Rescue teams were called out at 11.49am on Wednesday, August 16, along with the fire and ambulance services.

It’s reported that the man had gone too close to the edge while taking photos. He fell, but his fall was broken by gorse bushes just below the cliff top.

Beer Coastguard Rescue said: Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue managed to get a secure line on him to stop him falling further, we set up a rope system and put a rope technician over the edge.

“The rescue was not straightforward as the casualty was face down and lying away from the cliff, after getting a harness on the man we were able to get him upright and then bring him safely back to the cliff top with help from DSFR.

“This could have been a far worse outcome, the incident happened because he tried to get a photo and got too near the edge.

“It's not worth it.”

A spokesperson from HM Coastguard said: “Alerted just before midday, Coastguard Rescue Teams from Beer and Exmouth were sent to the scene. The casualty was secured by the fire and rescue service, recovered by the Coastguard and transferred into the care of the ambulance service.”