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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 joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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