Devon

Boy, 11, rescued from Combe Martin cliff by helicopter crew

Cliffs at Combe Martin Bay
Image caption The boy became separated from a group he was with, on Friday evening

An 11-year-old boy has been rescued by helicopter from cliffs in North Devon after he became cut off by the tide.

Swansea Coastguards believe he became separated from a group at Combe Martin.

The boy attempted to climb the cliff and was rescued about three metres up, the coastguard said.

A boy from the group raised the alarm and the rescue helicopter from RMB Chivenor and the RNLI lifeboat from Ilfracombe were launched.

David Jones, watch manager at Swansea Coastguard, said: "I am pleased to say the boy is safe and well.

"I understand he was with a group of friends, but became detached from the group whilst looking in a cave at the foot of the cliff.

"His friend who raised the alarm was able to stay on the phone and assisted us by giving us accurate information which brought about a swift rescue."

The boy became stranded at about 17:50 GMT on Friday.

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