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PHOTOS: Young lad stuck on cliffs above Cornish beach

PHOTOS: Young lad stuck on cliffs above Cornish beach

Published by Emma Cartonat 6:41am 23rd August 2018. (Updated at 6:45am 23rd August 2018)

A youngster found clinging to cliffs above a beach in west Cornwall has sparked a major rescue.

The lad was stuck 20m from the top at Pedn Vounder, in just his shorts and no shoes.

He had to be winched to safety on Tuesday afternoon but Coastguards say he was not hurt.

The Penzance and Land's End rescue teams and the Penlee lifboat were scrambled.

The air ambulance was also sent to the scene but later stood down.

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A young lad stuck on cliffs above a beach in west Cornwall sparked a major rescue, involving two Coastguard teams and a lifeboat

"We were paged yesterday (21st August) by Falmouth Coastguard Operations Centre, to assist the Land's End Coastguard Search & Rescue Team, responding to a report that a young male was stuck on the cliff above Pedn Vounder beach.

"Quickly on scene, the Land's End Team, under the command of the station officer, located the male who was stuck some 20 metres from the top of the cliff.

"Penlee Lifeboat Inshore Lifeboat, having been requested took up station at the base of the cliff as safety cover.

"Preparation was made to lower a rope rescue technician to the male to secure him in a rescue harness.

"On arrival shortly after, the Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team assisted with the preparation of the secured ropes to lower the rescuer to the lad.


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The lad was winched to safety 20m from the top of cliffs above Pedn Vounder beach, but was not hurt


"Finding him uninjured but clad in just shorts and no footwear, clothing was lowered to protect him from the very prickly terrain.

"Cornwall Air Ambulance personnel already on scene and landed on the cliff-top now responded to another urgent call further up the county, knowing that their services were not required.

"Once secured and ready for recovery the two were raised up the cliff by the Z-Drag recovery method.

"The Lad who had decided to use the unconventional way up the cliff found the going very difficult, without suitable clothing and unable to cope with the height of his location.

"Safely at the top of the cliff, he was reunited with his family - somewhat embarrassed but unharmed".

Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team

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