Devon

'Coasteering' girls rescued from beach near Ilfracombe

Six 12-year-old girls and two adults have been rescued from a beach in north Devon after being cut off by the tide.

The group of eight were near Ilfracombe "coasteering", which involves swimming, jumping and cliff climbing.

The group became stranded at about 19:00 BST on Tuesday and were rescued at about 20:20.

Swansea Coastguards said an instructor swam a short distance to a passing boat to raise the alarm as the group had no means of calling for help.

Swansea Coastguard watch manager Will Parfait said: "By the time the lifeboat reached the group, the young girls were very cold.

"Anyone heading out onto the coast should always carry with them a means of raising the alarm, whether it be a mobile phone, VHF radio, or handheld flares."

Coastguards said the group was taken ashore and no-one was injured.

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