‘Miracle’ escape for tourists who slipped and descended 30 meters from the cliff face in Dorset

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A tourist slipped and plunged 36 meters off a sheer cliff and was rescued by landing in 1.2 meters deep water, with rescuers saying it was a ‘miracle’ that he survived.

The 28-year-old had reportedly gotten too close to the edge while taking a selfie at Old Harry Rocks, near Swanage, Dorset, when he lost his balance on Saturday afternoon.

The five friends he was with watched in horror as the nameless name disappeared over the abyss and plunged to the bottom.

Fortunately, a group of kayakers witnessed the incident and paddled to the man, who had landed in shallow water.

They helped him up the rocky coast at the foot of the chalk cliff and gave him first aid.

A tourist slipped and plunged 36 meters off a sheer cliff and was rescued by landing in 1.2 meters deep water, with rescuers saying it was a 'miracle' that he survived.  The 28-year-old had reportedly gotten too close to the edge while taking a selfie in Old Harry Rocks (pictured), near Swanage, Dorset, when he lost his balance on Saturday afternoon.

A tourist slipped and plunged 36 meters off a sheer cliff and was rescued by landing in 1.2 meters deep water, with rescuers saying it was a ‘miracle’ that he survived. The 28-year-old had reportedly gotten too close to the edge while taking a selfie in Old Harry Rocks (pictured), near Swanage, Dorset, when he lost his balance on Saturday afternoon.

The man was conscious and talking and, despite falling from such a great height, would have suffered only cuts and bruises

The man was conscious and talking and, despite falling from such a great height, would have suffered only cuts and bruises

The man was conscious and talking and, despite falling from such a great height, would have suffered only cuts and bruises

The man was conscious and talking and, despite falling from such a great height, would have suffered only cuts and bruises.

The Swanage lifeboat on the shore arrived at the scene and placed the man on a stretcher before taking him to the all-weather lifeboat.

He was taken to Swanage Rescue Station, where an ambulance met with emergency workers to rush the man to hospital to check for internal injuries.

Ian Brown, of the Swanage Lifeboat, said it was a miracle the man wasn’t killed, saying, ‘I really don’t know how he lives today.

‘There it is a huge drop of somewhere between 30 and 30 meters. The tide was right then and he ended up in the water.

‘It wouldn’t have been that deep, probably four feet at most.

The Swanage lifeboat on the shore arrived at the scene and placed the man on a stretcher before taking him to the all-weather lifeboat.  He was taken to Swanage Rescue Station, where an ambulance (pictured) urgently met with rescuers to take the man to hospital to check for internal injuries.

The Swanage lifeboat on the shore arrived at the scene and placed the man on a stretcher before taking him to the all-weather lifeboat.  He was taken to Swanage Rescue Station, where an ambulance (pictured) urgently met with rescuers to take the man to hospital to check for internal injuries.

The Swanage lifeboat on the shore arrived at the scene and placed the man on a stretcher before taking him to the all-weather lifeboat. He was taken to Swanage Lifeboat Station, where an ambulance (pictured) urgently met with rescuers to take the man to hospital to check for internal injuries.

He is incredibly lucky to have suffered relatively minor injuries. Apparently he was conscious and talking and fine. His injuries reportedly were cuts and bruises. ‘

The emergency was attended by both Swanage lifeboats, the Swanage Coast Guard teams at St Albans, the South Wester Ambulance Service and the Trauma Helicopter.

“It was an accident and he must have hit the water that saved him. It’s amazing, ”said Becky Mack, the helm of the Swanage lifeboat.

The kayakers and a boat near the scene waved at us to indicate the location of the victim.

‘We immediately went ashore and made an assessment of the victim and made plans to evacuate them.

Lisa Andrews, who was nearby when the man fell, said a witness told her he was posing for a selfie when he slipped

Lisa Andrews, who was nearby when the man fell, said a witness told her he was posing for a selfie when he slipped

Lisa Andrews, who was nearby when the man fell, said a witness told her he was posing for a selfie when he slipped

“He was lucky that the kayakers were close by and that they could help so quickly,” Mack said.

“We think they got him out of the water and onto the bank.

He was alert and conscious. He was talking and calm.

“The victim was handed over to the waiting paramedics and we hope they make a full recovery.”

The man and his five friends from the London area visited the beautiful place Old Harry Rocks between Studland and Swanage on Saturday.

Lisa Andrews, who was nearby when the man fell, said a witness told her he was posing for a selfie when he slipped.

Apparently people warned him he was too close. I really hope he’s okay, ”she said.

“We see a lot of people there getting too close to the edge to take selfies all the time,” Mr. Brown said.

“The cliffs there are very crumbly and our advice to everyone is to stand at least five meters back.”

The man was lifted out of the water by some nearby kayakers who gave him first aid before rescue teams arrived

The man was lifted out of the water by some nearby kayakers who gave him first aid before rescue teams arrived

The man was lifted out of the water by some nearby kayakers who gave him first aid before rescue teams arrived

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