Man 'very lucky' after falling down a cliff in East Devon says coastguard

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:13 30 May 2017

Dorset Air Ambulance has landed at Sidmouth Cricket Club  Credit; Julie Clayden

Dorset Air Ambulance has landed at Sidmouth Cricket Club Credit; Julie Clayden

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A drama unfolded this week when a man fell down cliffs at Sidmouth - and survived

The head of Beer Coastguard has described the moment a pensioner went over a 150-foot cliff at Jacob’s Ladder in Sidmouth on Thursday.

Station manager Terry Hoare said the 73-year-old, believed to be on his own, slid 120 feet down the cliff before falling 30 feet onto the beach.

A South West Ambulance Service spokesman said the man suffered neck pain and minor injuries and Mr Hoare said the casualty was ‘very lucky’.

Eyewitness Chantal Conrad, a holidaymaker from London, said it ‘must have been terrifying’ for him.

The cliffs at Jacob's LadderThe cliffs at Jacob's Ladder

Dorset Air Ambulance landed on the beach but the man was stretchered off and conveyed by road to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

Emergency crews were called at 11.14am.

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