Climbers continued to scramble down cliff despite warnings from lifeguards
A lifeguard was injured after rescuing people trapped on a dangerous cliff in Cornwall yesterday (Thursday, June 25).
Mawgan Porth RNLI lifeguards were alerted to an incident late yesterday afternoon after spotting four people attempting to climb down a treacherous cliff on the south side of the beach.
Lifeguards at the beach were getting ready to pack down for the day when they spotted four people scrambling down the south cliffs, causing great concern.
Senior lifeguard Tom Houghton immediately used the PA system to attract the climbers’ attention and warn them of the dangers.
They continued to scramble down the jagged cliffs, which is not a marked out or recommended coastal walk route. Moments later, they appeared to be stuck and in significant difficulty.
The lifeguards immediately dropped the flags, asked bathers to get out the sea and launched the rescue water craft (RWC).
RNLI lifeguard Theresa Morokutti was at the water’s edge and recommended an alternative route for the climbers to get out of difficulty but they failed to move. Theresa began to swim towards the rocks. Two of the climbers had no choice but to enter the water and awaited help on the very sharp rocks.
Original publication 26 June, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 30th June 2020
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