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Teenager Plunges Forty Feet Down Cliffs

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3:30pm 23rd July 2012
(Updated 3:30pm 23rd July 2012)

A teenager who plummeted 40ft from a cliff on the Lizard has died.

He suffered serious injuries after landing on rocks at Cadgwith yesterday afternoon.

Pirate FM has been told the sixteen year old was on holiday with his family when the trip to the Little Beach area went wrong.

Coastguard crews from Mullion and Porthleven were scrambled to the scene, along with the Lizard lifeboat and a rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose.

That airlifted the lad to the Royal Cornwall Hospital after ambulance paramedics had secured him to a stretcher first, but doctors could not save him.

James Instance from Falmouth Coastguard said: "We would like to remind the public if walking along the cliff or coastline to take care and make sure that you are properly equipped for walking along 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."

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The Lizard lifeboat helps evacuate the Mullion Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team and a member of the public from the scene

3:30pm 23rd July 2012

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