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Cornish man sparks air sea rescue

May 10 2012
Belongings left on cliff top trigger rescue efforts...


A homeless man sparked a search of a Cornish coast after leaving his belongings on a cliff top, raising fears that someone had fallen off.

A member of the public called the emergency services after spotting the unattended personal items near Whipsiderry Beach in Newquay.

Coastguards were sent to abseil down the cliff in search of an injured person while a police helicopter also arrived to help.

However, it was a false alarm - the man whose belongings were found, believed to be a rough sleeper, was spotted at a campsite later and then on the following day in the town centre.

Andrew MacCreadie, of the Newquay cliff rescue team, asked people to remember to take personal items with them when stopping for a break on cliffs. He said: “Our message to people is please don’t leave belongings unattended on cliff tops because this will trigger a response from the emergency services.”