Brambles save walker, 80, from sheer drop
Prickly brambles saved a holidaymaker from tumbling down a sheer vertical drop when they caught on his clothes and prevented him falling further.
The 80-year-old-man from Australia was taken to hospital after slipping off a cliff path in Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.
He fell about 100 feet down a steeply sloping cliff near Fort Picklecombe, narrowly avoiding falling down the last vertical drop on to rocks when his clothing caught on brambles.
Passing yachtsmen heard his cries for help and raised the alarm and at about 11.30am yesterday. Brixham Coastguard requested the assistance of the Ministry of Defence Police Marine Unit at HM Naval Base Devonport, Plymouth.
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Boats from the unit had been carrying out a warship escort in Plymouth Sound when they answered the call for help. Officers landed from their rigid inflatable boats and worked their way up the cliff to secure the man who was slowly slipping towards the vertical drop.
They lowered him to the rocks below where a team from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency administered first aid before he was taken across Plymouth Sound on an MofD Police rigid inflatable to an ambulance at Mill Bay.