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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 March, 2004, 12:41 GMT
Man survives 150 foot cliff fall
Ladram Bay
The man's cries were heard by a lifeboat crew in the bay
A 66-year-old man plunged 150 feet off a cliff and escaped with minor injuries when his fall was broken by a tree.

The man, from Stourbridge in the West Midlands, disappeared from his hotel in Sidmouth, Devon at 1800 GMT on Tuesday.

He was found nine hours later on a cliff face at nearby Ladram Bay after his cries were heard by the crew of an inshore lifeboat.

He had spent hours dangling from the tree in freezing temperatures, but only suffered minor cuts and hypothermia.

'Precarious position'

A specialist coastguard team helped the team back to the cliff edge and he was airlifted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by helicopter.

Portland Watch Manager Madeline Davey said it had been a challenging rescue.

"The man was in quite a precarious position about 150 feet down the cliffs at Peak Hill.

"The inshore rescue boat was unable to get to him, so Beer coastguards were able to proceed down the cliff to rescue the man."

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