Man falls 50ft down disused mineshaft

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Image caption The complex rescue operation took about six hours

A man has been rescued after falling about 50ft (15m) down a disused mineshaft in west Cornwall.

The walker, in his mid 50s, was brought to safety on a stretcher following a six-hour long, multi-agency rescue operation on a coast path at Porth Nanven.

He was airlifted to hospital with a suspected broken hip and hypothermia.

A search and rescue helicopter, two coastguard rescue teams, fire crews, ambulance and police were all involved.

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Image caption Coastguard recue teams from Penzance and Lands End were involved
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Image caption The man fell from a coast path in far west Cornwall

Rescuers said a paramedic and technical rescue supervisor were lowered into the shaft to assess the situation.

The man, described as an experienced walker, had been with a walking group when he “fell down a very black hole,” a spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said.

They said he was “shaken but able to talk, very cold, in a lot of pain and trapped on a ledge” and had been airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth at about 18:30 BST.

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