Dover cliffs rescue as boy, 13, ‘discovered clinging’

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A 13-year-old boy was left clinging to a cliff face by his fingernails after he began to climb it however obtained caught.

Coastguard groups and a search and rescue helicopter winched the kid to security from the 330ft (100m) cliff face in Langdon, Kent, on Friday.

Dover coastguard stated the teenager began climbing from a terrace lower into the center of the cliff.

He was 175ft (53m) from the underside when he discovered himself unable to maneuver up or down.

HM Coastguard helicopter captain James Lorraine stated the rescue was notably troublesome due to the boy’s “extraordinarily perilous place” on the cliff close to Dover.

He stated the kid had been caught for about 30 minutes when he was discovered, and rescuers knew he couldn’t maintain on for much longer.

After they had been unable to achieve him due to the dense shrubbery, the helicopter took over “with solely minutes to spare”, he stated.

“Fortunately, the rescue went easily and the boy was reunited together with his household on the base of the cliff.”

The kid had scrapes and bruises, however space commander Matt Pavitt stated it was a miracle he escaped with out damage.

“He was very, very fortunate,” he stated. “The boy had been clinging on by his fingernails to cease himself from falling from the sheer rock face for simply over 30 minutes and if he had let go this might have been a really completely different end result.”

Contemporary warnings have been issued to folks visiting the coast to pay attention to the hazards of the cliffs.

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