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Man stuck down mine shaft in Cornwall

A rescue operation is underway at Porth Nanven to rescue a man his mid 50s, reportedly stuck at the bottom of a 30 metre disused mine shaft.

The UK coastguard is currently dealing with what they are called an ongoing and complex rescue after a man fell through the mine shaft on the coastal path at St Just in Cape Cornwall.

The victim appears to have a suspected hip injury and is suffering with the effects of hypothermia.

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The fire service has confirmed that multiple emergency service personnel have headed to Porth Naven to rescue the man.

Lands End and Penzance Coastguard Rescue Teams and the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Newquay have been sent to the scene, alongside the South Western Ambulance Service, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and Cornwall Search and Rescue Service.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue say the services are setting up equipment to recover the casualty.

It is believed that the man has fallen into a disused mine shaft which has further complicated his extraction.

The Coastguard Rescue Teams combined with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service are currently using their rope rescue techniques to carry out the rescue.

This incident is ongoing and we will provide further updates as it unfolds.

– UK Coastguard