Sunday 23 October 2016

Teenage girl (15) in critical condition after 300ft fall from clifftop

Martin Evans

Published 10/04/2015 | 14:24

Bempton Cliffs Yorkshire UK
Bempton Cliffs Yorkshire UK

A teenage girl is in a critical condition after falling down a 300ft cliff while on holiday with her family on the North Yorkshire coast.

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The 15-year-old was with her father when she slipped and went over the edge of the imposing limestone cliffs at near the resort of Filey.

Her horrified father, who witnessed the fall, alerted the emergency services and search and rescue helicopter and lifeboat were scrambled to the scene.

It is understood that she landed on the ground beneath the cliffs rather than in the sea, which may have saved her life as she would have likely drowned if she had gone into the water.

The teenager who had suffered multiple injuries in the fall was airlifted to the Hull Royal Infirmary in east Yorkshire, where staff described her as being critical but stable.

It is thought the girl had been staying with her family at the Blue Dolphin campsite near Filey and had been out for a walk at around 8pm when she fell.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “The UK Coastguard were contacted on Thursday evening by a father who witnessed his teenage daughter accidentally falling over a cliff edge.

“Coastguard Rescue Teams training nearby were able to get on scene within 10 minutes. Specially trained cliff technicians were able to descend to the girl and administer first aid until the Coastguard rescue helicopter arrived on scene.”

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency added: "If you are out on the coast this Easter break 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. Carry a mobile phone, tell people where you are going and when you expect to return.”

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