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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 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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