Man clung to St Abbs cliffs by his fingertips

A WALKER who was left hanging by his fingertips over a 150ft drop after slipping on cliffs near St Abbs was successfully rescued on Saturday.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 14th July 2010, 11:51 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th July 2010, 11:51 am

A joint effort by St Abbs Lifeboat, Forth Coastguard and Eyemouth and Dunbar Coastguard Rescue Team prevented the Newcastle man from plummeting 150 feet off cliffs near St Abbs lighthouse.

The lifeboat was launched just after 5.15pm following a call to the coastguard, reporting a 54-year-old man hanging by his fingertips 20 feet over the cliff top.

The volunteer lifeboat crew went straight to the casualty's position and once on the scene stood by as the man could have fallen a further 150 feet down the ravine.

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Meanwhile the Eyemouth and Dunbar Coastguard Rescue Team arrived and secured the man with a line bringing him back safely to the top of the cliff.

Just in case it was required a rescue helicopter was sent from HMS Gannet, Prestwick, along with the Lothian and Borders Police.

Once the casualty was brought back up to the top of St Abbs Head, he was checked over by paramedics and given the all clear after recovering from the shock of his ordeal.

Forth Coastguard have urged people to keep back from cliff edges on coastal walks, warning that they could be unstable.