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Father and son airlifted from Thornwick Bay by Coastguard

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A father and son have been rescued from a cliff at Thornwick Bay, Flamborough, after getting stuck half way up the cliff face.

HM Coastguard received a 999 call just after lunchtime today, from the mother of the boy saying that both her son and his father were stuck approximately 40 meters up the cliff.

The young boy had climbed up the cliff and his father attempted to rescue him before getting stuck himself. Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team was sent and found the pair in an extremely precarious position. The HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Humberside was sent and winched the pair from the cliff face to the top of the cliff.

Thankfully the father and son were not injured and were given safety advice by Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team.

Jamie Stafford, Maritime Operations Officer, said; ‘The UK’s coastlines are ideal for exploring, and with the Easter Holidays upon us we want people to be able to enjoy it safely. It might be tempting to climb cliffs but it’s not worth the risk, don’t attempt it unless you are properly equipped and trained to do so. Don’t use cliffs as a short cut back to the top and if the you see some is stuck, don’t be tempted to try and self- rescue them, you could get stuck yourself. We want everyone to make the most of our coastline and enjoy a great day out, but we also want you to get home safely too. If you see anyone in trouble or if you get into difficulty along the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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