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Man and dog survive 200ft fall

Wednesday May 18th 2011

A man and his dog have survived after falling 200ft from a cliff near Scarborough.

The 53-year-old was reportedly trying to rescue his dog when both fell at Little Cliff, near the village of Cloughton. The coastguard contacted police after reports of the accident and officers found the man in an awkward position at the bottom of the cliff.

He was airlifted to Scarborough General Hospital by a helicopter from RAF Leconfield, near Hull. He was kept in hospital, police said, with non life-threatening injuries - including a broken leg and wrist.

North Yorkshire Police said it is "absolutely remarkable" the man was not killed. He has not been named but is from Rochdale, Lancashire, and thought to have been on holiday when the accident happened. The dog also survived the 200ft drop.

Inspector Bruce Prendergast said: "It is absolutely remarkable that this man has survived a 200ft fall down the cliff face and escaped with injuries that are serious but not life-threatening. It is testament to the hard work and bravery of the coastguard and helicopter crew, who managed to extract the man from the bottom of the cliff in difficult circumstances, that he and his dog survived."

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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