Lifeboat searches for wild swimmer exploring sea caves

A sea search was launched yesterday after concerns were raised about a swimmer who was seen jumping from rocks and not reappearing.

The Torbay Lifeboat and Torbay Coastguards carried out searches of the caves beneath the 200m high cliffs at Berry Head which are a popular with wild swimmers and deep-water solo rock climbers.

Search below Berry Head cliffs
(Image: Torbay RNLI)

The RNLI later reported that a wild climber/swimmer was located safe and sound exploring the area.

One witness said: “I was at Berry Head earlier and a rescue operation appeared to be underway, the talk was of a young guy who had jumped off the rocks and not come back up.”

A spokesman for the Torbay RNLI said the Brixham-based lifeboat was tasked to search for a possible person in difficulty on the south side of Berry Head: “Fortunately all located safe and sound with a wild climber/swimmer exploring the area.”

The cliffs were made famous when Hollywood actor Tom Hardy was filmed jumping at the spot known for deep-water solo diving for a TV advert.

The area from the north around to the Old Redoubt cliff below south fort are also popular with kayakers exploring a series of underground caves.

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