Man rescued after falling from high wall of Cobb

David Crabtree in high spirits after he slipped and fell from the high wall of the Cobb into the sea (photo by Seb Cope)

EMERGENCY services were called out on Saturday after a man fell off the high wall of the Cobb in Lyme Regis into the water. 

Coastguards and the lifeboat crew were called to assist 65-year-old David Crabtree, from Sidmouth, at 3.20pm on Saturday, January 18.

Mr Crabtree and is wife Debbie were walking their dog when he slipped and fell off the high wall into shallow water. He was picked up by two paddleboarders who took him to Monmouth Beach.

Another couple who witnessed the incident called the emergency services.

Mr Crabtree was attended to by lifeboat volunteers, coastguard and ambulance crew. He then joined the crew in the lifeboat station to warm up before heading back to Sidmouth.

His wife commented: “It all happened so quickly and luckily there was another couple there who contacted the coastguard and were able to get the attention of the paddleboarders to rescue David. The lifeboat crew have been fantastic and so helpful with looking after David.”

Second incident

As this incident taking place, another man also fell from the high wall onto the lower harbour wall. The second casualty was attended to by the ambulance crew and coastguards after complaining of severe back pain and extreme cold. He was taken to Dorset County Hospital.

Nick Marks, lifeboat operations manager, said: “The high wall of the Cobb is particularly slippery, the harbour master has temporarily advised members of the public not to access the top of the wall due to large amounts of algae making hazardous walking conditions.”

Lyme Regis Coastguard also urge all visitors to the harbour and the Cobb to be very careful, mindful of the weather conditions and heed all safety advice.

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