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Firefighters help rescue Dorset cyclist after 40 foot clifftop fall

Incident took place yesterday on Bournemouth's East Cliff...

Firefighters and otheremergency services personnel have rescued a man who fell 40 foot while riding his bike along a clifftop cycle path in Bournemouth, Dorset.

Police, paramedics and coastguard staff were also involved in the operation yesterday evening, which saw fire service crew deploy an aerial ladder platform, reports BBC News.

The man, who was taken to hospital with back injuries, is thought to have fallen down the cliff face near to a memorial to Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging, who died in a crash at the Bournemouth Air Display in 2011.

The cyclist was taken to hospital with back injuries, although BBC News says his current condition is not known.

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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