A 67-year-old British hiker was winched off to safety by a helicopter (pictured) after suffering a 40-metre fall at a northern Costa Blanca beauty spot. The unnamed man was close to the top of the Rock of Ifach in Calpe last Friday morning when he slipped and suffered multiple injuries.

A fire rescue helicopter was scrambled from San Vincente del Raspeig in the Alicante area, and took him down to Calpe promenade, where an ambulance was waiting to take him to Alicante General Hospital.

The previous day, the same helicopter came to the aid of a British climber who found himself lost in the Sierra de Orihuela at Reguero Bonanza. The 32-year-old man phoned emergency services just after 2.00 pm, and within 15 minutes he had been located, with the rescue taking place within an hour.

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