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VIDEO: Helicopter winches three women to safety near Newquay

By WBMiles  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

  • A helicopter winched three women to safety near Newquay.

  • A helicopter winched three women to safety near Newquay.

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A helicopter has winched three women to safety on the North Cornwall coast.

The women were trapped halfway up the cliffs at Whipsiderry near Newquay.

The women, in their twenties and understood to be Polish, had got cut off by the tide.

Falmouth Coastguard received a call from a member of the public just after 3.30pm.

Cliff rescue teams from Newquay and Padstow rushed to the scene but were unable to get to the women due to the overhang of the cliff.

The Newquay lifeboat tried unsuccessfully to rescue the women but left one crew member with them while they waited for the helicopter.

A Falmouth Coastguard spokesman said: "There was an overhang so it was decided the best way to get them off was with the Chivenor helicopter."

The RAF Chivenor rescue helicopter winched the women to safety and by approximately 5.30pm they were reported to be safe and well.

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