Wakefield boy rescued by lifeboat men and RAF helicopter after cliff fall in Scarborough

Scarborough's inshore lifeboat races across the wake of the main lifeboat, during a launch for the local RNLI Flag Day today.  29/07/11
Scarborough's inshore lifeboat races across the wake of the main lifeboat, during a launch for the local RNLI Flag Day today. 29/07/11
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A BOY had to be airlifted to hospital after falling down a cliff in Scarborough.

The 12 -year-old, from Wakefield, was staying at a caravan park in the seaside town when he fell more than 10 feet down the 50 foot cliffs near Gristhorpe on Saturday afternoon.

Scarborough’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at about 2.30pm and rushed to rescue the boy.

Paul Huggins, who helmed the lifeboat, said: “The boy slipped about 12 to 15 feet down a steep bit of the cliff and took the force of the drop on his foot and shattered his left ankle.

“We anchored the boat and climbed up to him and administered first aid but we realised we couldn’t get him off the cliff so we called for a Sea King helicopter from RAF Leconfield.”

The helicopter hovered above while the casualty was winched to safety by a paramedic and flown to Scarborough Hospital.

Mr Huggins warned parents to be vigilant whenever children are playing near cliffs.

He said: “ The cliffs are so unstable at the moment, the rain has made them particularly unsteady - they are atrocious.”