Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Woman taking photos of Storm Imogen is left covered in blood and suffers broken arm after being hit by massive wave and swept 50ft along Cornish seafront


Woman taking photos of Storm Imogen is left covered in blood and suffers broken arm after being hit by massive wave and swept 50ft along Cornish seafront

Couple had been photographing wild weather at South Quay, in Newquay
As they took pictures of the storm, they were knocked over by a wave
The woman suffered a broken arm after she was swept 50ft along seafront
Her partner landed on railings which stopped him falling into the harbour


A couple taking pictures of Storm Imogen had a lucky escape when they were hit by a gigantic wave and swept 50ft along the seafront.
The pair had been photographing the wild weather at South Quay in Newquay just after 4pm yesterday when they were knocked over by the colossal wave.
The woman suffered a broken arm after she landed in a boat on the quay, while her partner was washed into some railings which stopped him falling into the harbour.



A group of four RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) volunteers witnessed the entire episode and immediately went to help the terrified couple.


The woman was found extremely dazed and confused, with multiple head injuries as well as the broken arm.
Dramatic pictures show the man being knocked to the ground as the powerful wave struck.



Meanwhile, rescue teams are spending a second day searching for RSPCA inspector Mike Reid who disappeared while trying to rescue birds as Storm Imogen lashed a Cornwall beach.
Mike Reid, 54, went to save the stranded gannets at Porthchapel Beach, near Penzance, at about 2pm on Sunday, but has not been seen since.
As he was on a night shift, he was only reported missing at 6am the following morning.
His family fear he may have been swept out to sea and are anxiously awaiting news at the family home.
His wife Tracey, 45, said she feared he had fallen over a cliff and been swept into the sea.
She said: 'He loves animals and would do anything to rescue them. We are all devastated and feeling numb, but we just don't know what is happening at the moment.'
Conditions out at sea reached 'phenomenal' states, with waves topping 16m (52ft 6in) and a monster of 19.1m (63ft) recorded off St Ives.



Several people were injured yesterday, including two children who had a stone wall fall on them in Bretforton, near Evesham in Worcestershire.
The incident came less than two weeks after the local authority inspected the wall and found no immediate danger to the public.
A man in his 70s had a broken leg and his dog was killed after a garden wall blew on to them in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, at about 8am yesterday.
Meanwhile in the St Annes area of Bristol, a man in his 40s was injured after trees fell on to a three-storey block of flats.
Elsewhere, a father and daughter near Exeter had a 100ft tree blown on to their car outside their house, minutes before they were due to leave for school.


David Cameron will REFUSE to take part in a referendum TV debate - but a top pollster warns if the PM is seen 'looking scared' it will boost the Out campaign


David Cameron will REFUSE to take part in an EU referendum TV debate - but a top pollster warns if the PM is seen 'running scared' it will boost the Out campaign
Reports today say Cameron will resist a head to head TV clash on the EU
He wants to avoid a TV row between top Tories and keep away from Farage
PM took part in pre-election clashes last year but avoided a one on one



David Cameron today appeared ready to refuse to take part in any head to head TV debates ahead of the EU referendum.
In what is set to be a repeat of the long running row ahead of the general election, the Prime Minister has reportedly ruled out a television clash.
But a top pollster today warned failing to appear in a debate could drive voters to the Out campaign.
Mr Cameron eventually agreed to take part in a series of election programmes last year but after protracted negotiations stood firm on his refusal to go one on one with Ed Miliband.
The Sun today said Mr Cameron was keen to avoid clashing directly with other senior Conservative during the heat of the referendum campaign.
The paper added that the Prime Minister's team sees little benefit in a clash with Ukip leader Nigel Farage - who took on ex Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg in European Parliament election TV debates in 2014 and was widely seen as the victor.
TV debates have become an established part of British elections after taking place in various formats since the 2010 poll.
Then, the three main leaders took part in three head to head clashes on live television.
Ahead of last May's elections, Mr Cameron took part in a seven way debate as well two other programmes where he appeared in the same programme as other leaders but not on the same stage.


Together with Ed Miliband, he took part in a Channel 4-Sky News show which involved an interview with Jeremy Paxman and audience questions.
In a final clash a week before polling day, Mr Cameron, Mr Miliband and Mr Clegg all appeared separately before the same BBC Question Time audience.
Ipsos Mori chief executive today told the Daily Telegraph not appearing in debates would now be a risk for Mr Cameron because opponents could suggest he was 'running scared'.
Mr Page said: 'If the Prime Minister doesn't take part in debates, the public will be wondering why. His opponents will be able to say he is running scared.
'It might have an effect, but a lot of people make up their minds a long time before they see any of these debates that confirm their prejudices.



'Ultimately it depends how close it is. If it is very close then anything can make a difference, a bad debate might make all the difference.
'They are important and people will be expecting them.'
Mr Cameron has hinted before he may not agree to debates.
He said last month: 'When we have settled the issue of the renegotiation then it will be a question of looking at how we best make sure that this debate, these arguments, are best put before the British people.
'I am very happy to talk about that at the time.
'I confidently predict that by the end of this referendum campaign, people will be sick of the sight of me on their television screens in whatever formats we decide to choose.'


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