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Dramatic rescue took place as tide came in quickly yesterday afternoon, making cliff rescue impossible

A cyclist stranded on a beach in Conwall as the tide came in was winched to safety by the crew of a search and rescue helicopter.

The dramatic incident happened yesterday afternoon near Port5howan in the north of the county.

The Falmouth Coastguard helicopter was scrambled after members of the St Agnes Coastguard Search and Rescue team, who posted footage to Facebook, realised that the tide was coming in too quickly for them to be able to effect a clifftop rescue in time.

Meanwhile, the St Agnes RNLI lifeboat was standing by offshore in case the man was swept out to sea.

The fate of the bicycle was not revealed.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.