Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Saved; Fossil Collector Was Buried Up to Waist after Landslide at the Coast

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Saved; Fossil Collector Was Buried Up to Waist after Landslide at the Coast

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Byline: FELICITY COLLINSON felicity.collinson@reachplc.com @TeessideLive

BURIED up to his waist after a cliff fall, rescue heroes pluck a fossil collector to safety.

The man had been looking for fossils at Port Mulgrave, between Staithes and Runswick Bay, on Saturday, when the land crumbled and covered him.

Fishermen ran to his aid and started to dig him out while 999 calls were made to the Coastguard and ambulance. The members of the public then moved the man to a safe place until crews arrived.

It resulted in a major emergency services response, with several coastguard teams, ambulance, police and firefighters attending.

The man was given pain relief and kept as warm as possible before being placed on to a stretcher and taken to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, by Coastguard helicopter. His current condition is not known.

A report of the incident placed on the Staithes Coastguard Facebook page reads: "Staithes Coastguard Rescue team were paged by Humber CGOC to reports of a person who had been collecting fossils who had been trapped in a landslide at Port Mulgrave. The casualty has been buried up to his waist and trapped by mud and debris.

"When the team arrived to the casualty, they had been dug from the mud by fishermen and moved to a place of safety. Due to weather conditions, extremely challenging terrain, and extent of the casualty's injuries, we requested further assistance from Whitby Coastguard Rescue Team and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 912 from Humberside.

"Coastguard team members worked with paramedics from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to stabilise the casualty, assess injuries and provide pain relief.

"The casualty was kept warm and as comfortable as possible prior to the arrival of the helicopter."

It went on: "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. …

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