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Paramedic badly injured in cliff rescue; The casualty also suffered "multiple injuries".

Byline: Tom Davidson

A paramedic was airlifted to hospital after suffering a serious leg injury during a cliff rescue.

The emergency worker was injured after being called to the Porth Wen brickworks at Amlwch, Anglesey at 5.54pm on Saturday.

The casualty had fallen and suffered "multiple injuries".

One of the paramedics who first arrived at the scene tried to rescue the man but fell and injured their leg.

Due to the location of both casualties Holyhead Coastguard paged Moelfre's lifeboat for assistance at 8.50pm.

Coastguard rescue teams from Cemaes, Moelfre and Holyhead were also at the scene helping.

The paramedic was winched up by Rescue 936 search and rescue helicopter but the strong winds meant a second winch was not possible.

The volunteer lifeboat crew from Moelfre was tasked to rescue the initial casualty by sea.

Once Moelfre lifeboat was on scene, the Y-Boat was deployed with crew members Martin Jones and Osian Roberts.

Once ashore, the casualty was handed over to them by the teams ashore, and the man in his 20s brought back to the lifeboat.

During the transfer, the weather further deteriorated, so it was decided the safest option was to return to Moelfre and transfer the man to hospital, by ambulance from there.

The lifeboat safely recovered back at Moelfre at 11pm and handed over the casualty to the ambulance service some time later.

Duty Coxswain Alan Owen said: "This was a very challenging and ever evolving incident due to the worsening weather conditions. Fortunately the young mans injuries weren't as serious as we thought, given the nature of his fall, which made the evacuation easier from the notoriously dangerous spot.

"My thanks goes out to the volunteer lifeboat crew and also the Coastguard teams, paramedics and helicopter crews that works tirelessly for the best and safest possible outcome for all.

"We also wish a speedy recovery to the injury paramedic, involved in last nights incident."

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Date:Dec 24, 2017
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