Beer Coastguard called out twice to assist emergency services

A stock picture of Beer Coastguard at work.

A stock picture of Beer Coastguard at work. - Credit: Archant

Beer Coastguard was called out twice in the space of four days after separate reports of people standing on the edge of cliffs near Beer and Branscombe.

Beer Coastguard was called out twice in the space of four days after separate reports of people standing on the edge of cliffs near Beer and Branscombe.

The first call out occurred shortly before 9pm last Thursday, when the team were called by West Country Ambulance after reports a 36-year-old man had possibly fallen down East Cliff near Branscombe.

The team was tasked alongside police, police helicopter, coastguard helicopter, fire service and HART team.

Terry Hoare. Beer Coastguard station manager, said: “It soon became clear the casualty was not on the beach and had in fact not gone over the cliff as first thought.


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“He was located near to Beer head caravan site where the police took the person into custody and he was checked by the paramedics.”

A second incident was reported in the early hours of Sunday morning, around 7.20am.

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Sidmouth Lifeboat was also called out to the incident at 8am, to provide safety cover while police spoke to the man.

Mr Hoare said: “Most of the village was woken up by the police helicopter. That was the first I knew something was going on.

“Police request assistance with an incident on cliffs between Beer and Seaton, full team requested to RV at a point near to the incidents location and standby in case a rope rescue recovery was required, while the police dealt with the incident.

“Thankfully we were not required and the casualty was taken into police custody.”

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