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Bushes break 20-metre cliff fall onto rocks for Jersey charity cyclist

Rider's injuries are not expected to be serious, says Jersey Fire & Rescue...

A woman taking part in a charity bike ride on Jersey was rescued by emergency services on Easter Monday after falling six metres down what was described as a “sheer” slope towards a cliff, with bushes breaking her fall ahead of a 20-metre drop to rocks below.

She had been participating in a 50-mile charity ride organised by the Jersey Reds Women rugby team in aid of a women’s shelter.

The incident happened at around 11:30 in the morning close to cliffs at Greve de Lecq on the Channel Island, Jersey Fire & Rescue Service said on Facebook.

“A crew from the Western Fire station and a specialist Rescue Unit from HQ were immediately dispatched along with the Fire Duty Officer,” they said.

“On arrival, crews were met by the senior paramedic on scene whose description of the incident and casualties condition meant that we could get to work quickly with the appropriate Height Rescue Equipment.

“After securing the casualty, crews from the States of Jersey Ambulance Service and Jersey Fire and Rescue Service wearing Height Rescue safety systems were able to transport the casualty on to a rescue stretcher, safely to the ambulance.

“The casualty was later transported to hospital for an assessment. Whilst her injuries are not expected to be serious, it is without no doubt that because she was wearing a cycle helmet this really did prevent any serious head injuries occurring.”

Station Commander Ryan Hall said: “it was absolutely the right tactical decision working closely with ambulance paramedics using our safety systems.

“The safety of the casualty and our crews meant that we could work to the best and safest outcome.

“The terrain was difficult and within one metre a sheer drop from the edge to a further 20 metre drop to the rocks on the beach below.

“Thankfully the casualty was wearing a cycle helmet that prevented any serious injuries to her head,” he added.

The amount of protection a cycle helmet may provide in such circumstances is not proven, however.

Under European standard EN1078, which is identical to British Standard BS EN 1078, a cycle helmet must be designed to withstand an impact similar to an average rider travelling at 12mph falling onto a stationary kerb-shaped object from a height of 1 metre.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc 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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