Man falls 50ft down disused mineshaft in west Cornwall


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Rescuers were called to Port Nanven in west Cornwall

A major rescue operation is under way after a man fell 50ft (15m) down a disused mineshaft in west Cornwall.

The man, in his mid 50s, was found at the bottom of the shaft with a suspected hip injury and hypothermia.

The rescue began at Port Nanven at about 12:40 BST on Sunday and involved a search and rescue helicopter, two coastguard rescue teams, fire crews, ambulance and police.

Efforts to rescue him are still continuing.

Rescuers said they were using ropes and a paramedic and technical rescue supervisor had been lowered into the shaft to assess the situation.

The mineshaft is on the coast path, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.



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