Man airlifted to hospital after falling from cliff

Rescue operation conducted at 3.40pm on Saturday after the man fell near Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire.

A man was airlifted to hospital after falling from a cliff at Slains Castle.

RNLI Peterhead were called to assist with a rescue at 3.40pm on Saturday after the man fell near Cruden Bay.

A rope rescue team from Stonehaven, as well as the Scottish Ambulance Service and Police Scotland, helped during the incident.

A lifeboat was launched to get closer to the cliffs, but the man was airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

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RNLI’s lifeboat then returned to Peterhead Harbour at 6.35pm.

Martyn Simpson, RNLI coxswain mechanic at Peterhead Lifeboat Station, said: “Peterhead Lifeboat has launched to two calls at Slains Castle within the last two weeks – it is a beautiful walk but it can also be very dangerous so we would urge everyone to take extra care.

“Our dedicated team of volunteers are always on call but we are asking people to be aware of the inherent risks when walking near the sea or cliffs.”

This is the second launch in two days for the volunteers at Peterhead Lifeboat, as their pagers went off on Friday to assist with an emergency search.

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The crew assembled and conducted a thorough search of the Sandford Bay area and along the coast to the North Head, however nothing was found and the crew were stood down.