Press Notice No: 3-12
Monday, March 26, 2012
Posted 14:07 GMT
YOUNG BOY RESCUED FROM CLIFF
An eleven year old boy was rescued after becoming stranded on the cliff at Combe Martin, North Devon on Friday evening (23 March).
Swansea Coastguard received a 999 call at 5:50pm from another young boy requesting help for his friend, who had got cut off by the tide. We understand the boy had tried to climb the cliff but had got stuck 3 metres up the cliff.
Coastguard Rescue Teams from Lynmouth and Ifracombe were sent to the scene and the Rescue Helicopter from RAF Chivenor was scrambled and the inshore RNLI lifeboat from Ilfracombe was requested to launch.
David Jones, Watch Manager, Swansea Coastguard, says:
The Rescue helicopter was able to rescue the young boy and take him to the top of the cliff where he was met by Coastguard Rescue Officers; I am pleased to say he is safe and well.
I understand he was with a group of friends, but became detached from the group whilst looking in a cave at the foot of the cliff, his friend who raised the alarm was able to stay on the phone and assisted us by giving us accurate information which brought about a swift rescue.
Our advice to the public when using cliff and coastal paths is to make sure that you are properly equipped for walking along coastal paths. In particular remember to wear sturdy shoes or boots and check the weather forecast before you set out. Do not attempt to climb up or down cliffs unless you are properly equipped and trained to do so. Do not attempt to climb cliffs as a short cut back to the top. Do not attempt self rescue. If you get into difficulty, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.
Posted By: Joanne Groenenberg
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The Maritime & Coastguard Agency Press Office
023 8032 9401