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Man rescued alive after 15 metre fall down Cornish mineshaft

A paramedic was lowered on ropes to give the injured walker first aid. Credit: Tolvaddon Fire Station

A man is in hospital after falling nearly 15 metres down a mine shaft in Cornwall.

He was rescued after a six hour ordeal which began around lunchtime on Sunday.

Coastguard, paramedics and firefighters were all involved in the complex rescue operation. Credit: Tolvaddon Fire Station

Emergency crews spent several hours yesterday trying to free him from the pit on the coast path near St Just.

A firefighter and paramedic were lowered on ropes so they could assess the man and give him first aid.

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The man, who is in his fifties, was airlifted to hospital with a hip injury and suspected hypothermia.

Credit: Tolvaddon Fire Station