Girl, 12, hurt in cliff fall

A 12-YEAR-OLD girl was airlifted to hospital after plunging 15ft down Flamborough Cliffs and breaking both her ankles in the fall.

The coastguard team were alerted by staff at the cafe in Little Thornwick after her parents raised the alarm on Monday afternoon.

Paramedics and the Coastguard Search and Rescue Team made their way down the cliff edge to administer first aid to the girl before the RAF Sea King helicopter arrived and took her to Hull Royal Infirmary.

Coastguard Lynda Hillerby said: “The coastguard team got down there and assessed the young girl and thought that she had broken both her ankles.

“There was the option to call in the lifeboat to transport her to the shore but it was decided that it would be too difficult for the lifeboat to reach her in the tide conditions.

“It would also have been difficult to get her back up the cliff so the helicopter was called.”

The girl and her family were believed to be visiting the area from Hull and the incident prompted Coastguard watch manager Mike Puplett to warn visitors to the cliffs to take extra care.

“If you are walking at the coast, keep well clear of cliff edges and stay on the coastal paths.

“Cliff edges can be crumbly and give way unexpectedly, and they can be slippery in damp weather,” he said.