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Video: Helicopter rescues cyclist stranded on beach in Cornwall

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.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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