A 15 year-old girl has been airlifted to hospital after falling off a cliff at Pendeen.
Paramedics and the cliff rescue team from Land’s End were called to the scene at 4.15pm yesterday and the girl was eventually winched up to a rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose in an operation that took over two hours.
The 15 year-old suffered serious pelvic injuries and was flown to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
Dave Jackson, station manager at Land’s End Coastguard, said he thought the girl had been climbing up a grassy bank with three friends when the grass came loose and she fell down the cliff.
“From what I heard the grass came away in her hand and she rolled off, falling 25 to 30ft down the cliff,” he said.
“Climbing in those conditions was not a good idea. But she was lucky – the injuries could have been a lot worse and the response was good.
“She received the best treatment she could have had in the circumstances.”
Attending at the scene were the coastguard team, paramedics, who treated the girls at the scene before she was airlifted, first aid responders from Geevor and the RNAS Culdrose helicopter crew.
After winching the girl into the aircraft, the helicopter picked up the girl’s mother – who had been alerted to the incident – at the scene and airlifted the pair to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
A spokesperson from Falmouth coastguard said: “The young girl, who is from Pendeen, was climbing the cliff with a group of her friends when the accident happened.
“Her friends were not injured, but were very shaken by what had happened.”