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Helicopter saves girl after fall from cliff

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

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A 15-YEAR-old girl was airlifted to hospital last week after falling off a cliff at Pendeen.

Paramedics, the cliff rescue team from Land's End and first aid responders from Geevor were called to the scene near Geevor Tin Mine and the girl was eventually winched up by a rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose in an operation that took more than two hours.

The teenager, who is from Pendeen, suffered serious pelvic injuries and was flown to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth late on Wednesday afternoon.

Dave Jackson, station manager at Land's End Coastguard, said he thought the girl had been climbing up a grassy bank with three friends when the grass came loose and she fell down the cliff.

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"From what I heard the grass came away in her hand and she rolled off, falling 25 to 30ft down the cliff," he said.

"Climbing in those conditions was not a good idea. But she was lucky – the injuries could have been a lot worse and the response was good.

"She received the best treatment she could have had in the circumstances."

After winching the girl into the aircraft, the helicopter picked up the girl's mother –who had been alerted to the incident – and airlifted the pair to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth; she is now believed to be recuperating back at home.

A spokesman from Falmouth coastguard said the alarm was raised shortly before 4.30pm.

"The young girl was climbing the cliff with a group of her friends.

"Her friends were not injured but were very shaken by what had happened."

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