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Orpington man's 100ft Torquay cliff fall

A Royal National Lifeboat Institution saved the man

A Royal National Lifeboat Institution saved the man

2006 AFP

The family of a holidaymaker watched on in horror as he fell more than 100ft down a cliff in Torquay.

Coastguards said the 53-year-old man, from Orpington, was “lucky to be alive” after surviving the tumble, suffering a head injury, a suspected broken arm and broken leg.

He was on holiday with his wife when the cliffs in Meadfoot gave way just after 9.30am on Thursday. He was lifted to safety by an RNLI helicopter because conditions were too unsafe for a sea rescue attempt.

The man was transferred to a spinal board and taken to a nearby school field where an ambulance took him to hospital.

Coastguard spokesman Pip Hall said: “The cliff edges are very crumbly. This man was very lucky to survive that fall.”

He is said to be in a stable condition.

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