Dramatic rescue of man whose leg became trapped in rocks
PUBLISHED: 20:04 28 July 2019 | UPDATED: 22:49 28 July 2019
A man whose leg was trapped in rocks on a beach has been successfully rescued.
The man had become trapped in water up to his neck at Sheringham, sparking a scramble from emergency services to free him.
The 999 call was received just after 5.30pm today (Sunday, July 28).
Cromer and Sheringham Coastguard Rescue Teams were sent to the scene at Sheringham, along with Sheringham RNLI Lifeboat, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, Norfolk Constabulary and the East of England Ambulance Service.
HM Coastguard said the water had come in a fair way and the man was up to his neck, with emergency responders on scene helping to reassure him and holding his head above the water. He was also given breathing apparatus and a lifejacket.
Emergency responders worked closely together to free the man, who is now in the care of the ambulance service.
Sam Stockdale, senior maritime operations officer from HM Coastguard, said: "It's such good news that this man has been freed.
"We often talk about how training matters between the various frontline responders and today has shown just why it does.
"Everyone worked together on scene to look after the man and also to free him as soon as was practically possible."
Retired Sheringham Coastguard station manager Stuart Facey was walking his dog in the area when the Coastguard arrived.
"The whole thing escalated then," he explained. "I saw someone obviously stuck in the rocks, it was high tide and water was coming over him so it was a very scary situation."
Mr Facey, who retired in 2011 after 30 years' service, warned people to stay away from the rocks.
"I've seen people climb into the cavities in the rocks and the problem is that even if you are able to move a rock to free someone who is stuck, another can fall into its place; it can be a life or death situation."
During the rescue, Zach Pedley from HM Coastguard said: "This is a very frightening experience for this man. Thankfully someone knew to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard which meant we could send the right response immediately. Everyone is working together at the scene to keep him calm and safe as we effect the rescue."