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Boy, 15, injured after Slains Castle cliff fall

Helicopter at scene
Image caption The crew from the Peterhead lifeboat watched from the water as the helicopter prepared to rescue the teenager

A 15-year-old boy is being treated in hospital after falling about 80ft down a cliff in Aberdeenshire.

It happened at the ruins of Slains Castle near Cruden Bay at about 17:30 on Saturday.

Coastguard rescue teams from Cruden, Peterhead and Fraserburgh were scrambled to the scene, as well as the Peterhead lifeboat.

The teenager was airlifted by an RAF rescue helicopter to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

A spokesman for Aberdeen Coastguard said: "Because of the geographical location our teams were unable to lift the casualty up and couldn't lower him down so a helicopter was called."

Police have issued a warning about what they say is the hazardous condition of the ruins.

PC Matthew Roger said: "Whilst a popular attraction to many I would like to highlight the particularly hazardous nature of the ruins at Slains Castle.

"Members of the public are encouraged to take great care at this site and parents are asked to ensure they are aware and take efforts to prevent their children playing here unsupervised."

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