Man seeking compensation from Cornwall hotel for 'terrifying' lift plunge

Man seeking compensation from Cornwall hotel for 'terrifying' lift plungeStock photo: Rex


A man is seeking compensation from a hotel in Newquay, Cornwall, after sustaining a knee injury after a lift fell 100ft.

Stephen Dinsdale, 44, from Walton-on-Thames, was on a stag weekend at the Hotel Victoria when the lift got stuck.

Mr Dinsdale and five friends were told the lift would be winched down manually, but instead it plunged 30 metres.

They had been making their way down to a small beach cove below the cliffs.

It took 85 emergency service workers to help rescue the men from the lift, including two lifeboat crews as the only access to the cove was from the sea and the incident happened just before hight tide.

Mr Dinsdale told the BBC: "The whole experience was just terrifying. We were meant to be on a stag weekend having a great time but on the first day things just went drastically wrong."

The hotel told the news site that it was unable to comment as the matter was being dealt with by its solicitors.

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