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A 53-year-old man and his dog have survived a 200ft fall down a cliff

A 53-year-old man and his dog have survived a 200ft fall down a cliff

A 53-year-old man and his dog have survived a 200ft fall down a cliff

A 53-year-old man and his dog have survived a 200ft fall down a cliff.

North Yorkshire Police said it was "absolutely remarkable" that the man, who has not been named, was not killed when he fell on the coastline north of Scarborough while trying to rescue his pet.

A spokesman said officers were alerted by the coastguard at about 4.10pm on Monday to reports that the man, from Rochdale, had fallen at Little Cliff, near the village of Cloughton.

The man, who is believed to have been on holiday in the area, was located in an awkward position at the bottom of the cliff, he said.

He was picked up by a helicopter from RAF Leconfield, near Hull, and airlifted to Scarborough General Hospital where he was detained.

The spokesman said his injuries were not life-threatening and included a broken leg and wrist.

The man's dog also survived the fall.

Inspector Bruce Prendergast said: "It is absolutely remarkable that this man has survived a 200ft fall down the cliff face and escaped with injuries that are serious but not life-threatening.

"It is testament to the hard work and bravery of the coastguard and helicopter crew, who managed to extract the man from the bottom of the cliff in difficult circumstances, that he and his dog survived."

Officers said they do not believe that there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.

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