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Coastguard rescues fossil collector from landslide in sea

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Fishermen teamed up with HM Coastguard to rescue a fossil collector trapped up to his waist by a landslide in the sea.

Crews from Staithes and Whitby were called out when the man found himself stuck at Port Mulgrave in North Yorkshire at around 8.10pm on Saturday.

He was buried up to his waist in mud and debris when the fishermen found him, which required specialist techniques to get him loose, before he was airlifted to hospital by a search and rescue coastguard helicopter from Humberside.

In a Facebook post, the Staithes Coastguard said: “The casualty was kept warm and as comfortable as possible prior to the arrival of the helicopter.

“Upon arrival of Coastguard Rescue 912, the casualty was further assessed and packaged into the helicopter stretcher for transport to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

“We wish them a speedy recovery.”

Yorkshire Ambulance Service, North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, along with Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire and Rescue Service, were also involved in the operation.

The coastguard also took the opportunity to warn people as to the dangers of the coastline, with conditions on the evening of the rescue described as “extremely challenging”.

Ryan Douglas, senior maritime operations officer with HM Coastguard, said: “We’re all too aware of just how dangerous the coastline can be.

“Remember to always keep a distance of at least the height of the cliff away.”

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