Essex

Trapped girl rescued from rocks off Essex beach

A trapped teenage girl was rescued from a breakwater in Essex by a seafront warden and airlifted to hospital.

The 14-year-old was caught by the leg on rocks at Clacton when the tide was coming in on Saturday afternoon.

Mark Thompson swam out fully clothed to free her and she was later airlifted to safety by helicopter. It is believed she escaped with a badly bruised ankle.

Three teenagers, from the Clacton area, were stranded - one was airlifted, one rescued and one swam ashore.

"I managed to calm the girl down but the tide was coming in fast and I needed to get her leg free," Mr Thompson said.

"I tried not to damage her leg but it was a case of getting her out of there before she drowned."

He managed to release the leg but the lifeboat was unable to get in close enough to take the injured teenager to safety.

However it did get to one of the other teenagers who was taken ashore. The third had made it ashore herself.

The rescue helicopter from Wattisham airlifted the girl to Colchester General Hospital.

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