Teenager is rescued from cliffs after dare goes wrong

A 14-year-old local boy was rescued from the foot of Sewerby cliffs on Saturday evening

A 14-year-old local boy was rescued from the foot of Sewerby cliffs on Saturday evening

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A 14-year-old local boy was winched to safety from Sewerby Cliffs after a birthday dare went wrong.

At around 8pm on Saturday May 21, the Humber Coastguard received a call reporting that a 14-year-old boy had become stranded on Sewerby Cliffs.

The teenager, who was celebrating his birthday, had been challenged to climb down the dangerously insecure 100 feet high cliffs by friends – but became stuck 40 feet above the beach, unable to move up or down. His friends on the beach initially called police for assistance, as the tide began to come in to the base of the cliffs.

Humber Coastguard tasked the Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team and a helicopter from RAF Leconfield to attend.

The RNLI Flamborough Head inshore lifeboat, the Elizabeth Jane Palmer, was also requested and they arrived first on scene to locate the stricken teenager.

Two of the volunteer lifeboat crew members waded ashore to ensure that the three youths at the foot of the cliff were safe as the tide was quickly coming in around them.

A team of coastguards at the top of the cliff had made the decision that the best action would be to call the RAF rescue helicopter to winch the stranded boy to safety.

Humber Coastguard Watch Manager, Drew Mahood, said: “We understand that the teenager had descended the cliff as part of a dare on his birthday, but became stuck when the gravity of his situation struck home.

“Climbing on cliffs at any time is an extremely dangerous activity, but the eroding coastline in this vicinity is particularly hazardous.

“This scenario had a happy ending but we are not always so lucky. Hopefully, a lesson has been learned by this individual and his companions.

“Our coastline needs to be treated with respect.”