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needlescoastguardmobile800UPDATED: Two men have been helped to safety by the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service and HM Coastguard this evening (Thursday) after becoming stuck in thick gorse.

One appliance and a rescue unit from Newport Fire Station were mobilised to the incident at Gurnard Luck at around 18:00, with The Needles Coastguard Rescue Team and Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team also deployed to the scene.

The two individuals, who were on a walking holiday, are understood to have taken a wrong turn whilst following the coastal path. Unable to make headway through thick gorse and suffering from fatigue, the pair called for assistance prompting the emergency service response.

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coweslifeboat (1)Having been located by firefighters, the two gentlemen have been walked to safety from the area off Rew Street on the outskirts of Cowes with the assistance of Coastguard officers from The Needles, who have checked the men over. Both have escaped uninjured, however due to their tiredness they have been transferred to Trinity Landing, Cowes by Cowes RNLI.

Emergency services have now left the scene.

UPDATE FRIDAY – The men, both in their fifties, are understood to have initially took a shore-side route between Thorness and Gurnard after finding that the cliff-top path had been closed because of erosion.

When some 600 metres west of Gurnard Luck they apparently decided that, closed or not, the path would be a better bet after all. However, their efforts to then climb up the earth and bush covered cliff proved just too much of a challenge.

Lifeboat helm Richard O’Callaghan said:

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“The men, from Surrey and Sussex and experienced walkers, were very embarrassed about their plight. But their bare legs were covered in cuts and abrasions because of all the brambles on the cliff and they were clearly very tired.

“Neither required medical treatment however, and I understand that after a good night’s sleep at a Cowes hotel they still intend to complete the final leg of their walk, to Ryde.”

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