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Four youths rescued from Newquay cliff face

By CGHollie  |  Posted: October 31, 2013

  • Four youths rescued from Newquay cliff face

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Four youths found clinging to a Newquay cliff face had to be rescued today after getting cut off by the tide.

The four youths had become trapped at Zacry's Island near Whipsiderry beach by the incoming tide.

The group managed to climb a nearby cliff face and stay out of the water’s depth while they awaited the arrival of the emergency services.

Falmouth Coastguard said it was alerted to the incident at 12.12pm. Newquay's cliff rescue team, both the resort’s RNLI lifeboats and the rescue 193 helicopter from RNAS Culdrose attended the rescue.

Two members of the cliff rescue team managed to climb down the cliff to reach the four youths where they kept them in a stable position before the rescue helicopter winched them off the cliff and dropped them back on the top.

No one was injured in the incident.

Meanwhile, the RNLI crew on the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat were asked to investigate a further report of a family trapped by the tide along the coast at Bedruthan Steps.

The lifeboat diverted to the second incident at 12.55pm and began a search of the area.

Once the helicopter had rescued all four people at Whipsiderry, they joined the search at Bedruthan at 1.30pm. After a thorough search involving both lifeboats, helicopter and coastguard teams, Falmouth Coastguard were happy that the family had been able to leave the area safely and all rescue teams were stood down.

Conditions were overcast, wind force four from the south east, moderate seas with a two metre swell. High tide today was at 2.45pm.

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