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Police and coastguard praised for saving man in Portland cliff drama
POLICE and coastguards have been praised for talking down a man threatening to jump from a Portland landmark.
A ‘quick-thinking and sensitive approach’ prevented a potentially ‘tragic outcome’ after police were called with a concern for welfare for a man in his 20s late on Friday night.
Officers requested help from the Portland Coastguard centre on Weymouth harbourside.
The coastguard sent in its Portland Bill rescue team to use their local knowledge of the area to help police find the man.
A spokesman for the coastguard said the man was located sitting on the edge of a crumbling cliff top at Blacknor Point threatening to jump.
A spokesman for Dorset Police said: “At 10.35pm on Friday January 11, Dorset Police received a report of a concern for welfare for a man in his 20s on Portland.
“Officers with assistance from HM Coastguard searched the area and the man was located at Blacknor cliffs.
“There was concern that the man would come to some serious harm and officers negotiated him to a place of safety.”
The spokesman said the incident was over fairly quickly.
The helicopter was tasked from Solent and coastguards considered sending the lifeboat out as well.
The helicopter was stood down when the man was safe.
The coastguard spokesman added: “Obviously, we’re very pleased with the outcome. It could have been much worse.”
The spokesman said that they did get ‘quite a few’ similar incidents, particularly ‘at this time of year’.
Chief Inspector Steve White from Dorset Police praised the work of officers and coastguards.
He said: “Officers’ quick-thinking and sensitive approach led to a positive conclusion of the incident and avoided a potentially tragic outcome.”
Dorset Police Federation chairman Clive Chamberlain said the incident showed the range of incidents police officers were called to deal with and showed they didn’t just deal with crimes.
He said: “It shows great negotiating skills and great team working skills with the police and coastguard.”
He added that coastguards and police did a ‘fantastic job’ in conditions that would have been particularly challenging with the incident being at night and in the wet and cold.