Boy rescued from cliffs at Combe Martin

Lad winched to safety by Chivenor helicopter after becoming stuck on cliffs with tide coming in.

AN 11-year-old boy was rescued by the Chivenor helicopter after becoming stuck on cliffs at Combe Martin on Friday evening.

With the tide racing in the lad had become separated from his friends and trapped about 20 feet above the sea on the cliff face below the bandstand at Cobblers Park.

Swansea Coastguard received a 999 call at 5.50pm from another youngster seeking help for his friend and the search and rescue helicopter from RMB Chivenor was soon on scene and able to winch the boy to safety.

Coastguard rescue teams from Lynmouth and Ilfracombe were sent to the scene and the Ilfracombe inshore RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch.

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“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 officers; I am pleased to say he is safe and well,” said David Jones, Watch Manager at Swansea Coastguard.

“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.”

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He advised people not to attempt to climb up or down cliffs unless properly equipped and trained to do so or to be tempted to climb cliffs as a short cut back to the top. People should not attempt self rescue if they get into difficulty, but should dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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