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Coast Guard helicopter lands at South Stack Lighthouse for spectacular rescue

This is the dramatic moment the Coast Guard helicopter made a daring landing next to the South Stack Lighthouse during a rescue.

The Caernarfon-based helicopter landed in the dead end next to the famous Anglsey building after a person slipped and broke his ankle on Thursday.

They were then taken to hospital for treatment.

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A spokesperson for the Cemaes Bay Coast Guard Rescue Team said: “HM Coastguard Cemaes Bay has been tasked with assisting the Holyhead Coast Guard Team and the Bangor Coast Guard Team to evacuate the wounded from the South Stack Lighthouse.

“The victim had a suspected ankle fracture requiring medical evacuation to hospital.

“After descending the 400 steps to the lighthouse and preparing for a stretcher to climb 400 steps, it was a relief to all of the HM Coast Guard teams involved that our 936 rescue helicopter was available to attempt a landing.”



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They added: “Upon arrival at the scene, the Rescue 936 team assessed the terrain and decided to land alongside the South Stack Lighthouse due to electrical cables in front of the access bridge.

“With very skillful piloting, Rescue 936 landed near the lighthouse, where coastguard teams transported the victim to the waiting plane.

“The victim was taken directly to Bangor hospital for treatment.”

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