Firefighters and other emergency services have worked around the clock on the rockfall incident at Sandymouth yesterday in which a man sadly died. Coastguard team members remained on watch at the scene overnight keeping the public away from the area.
Extra equipment was needed to recover the man’s body, said by firefighter Richard Gibbons who led the recovery effort, to have been pinned down by “substantial pieces of stonework” believed to weigh around 1.5 tonnes. The man was a tourist on holiday with his wife.
The man’s body has now been recovered after expert equipment and assistance was brought in from Devon and Somerset Fire Service.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the man’s family and also with those involved in this difficult and traumatic incident rescue.
Bude Fire Service on their Facebook page said yesterday:
We would like to thank Sandymouth Café for kindly providing refreshments to fire, police, coastguard and air ambulance crews on Sandymouth Beach today, whilst a serious multi-agency incident took place. The generous support from the local community is certainly appreciated by all during difficult situations.