Staithes RNLI in cliff drama
A mother suffered a frightening ordeal on Saturday afternoon fearing her son had fallen over the cliff top between Staithes and Port Mulgrave on the North Yorkshire coast.
Mother and son had become separated on a new cliff edge section of the Cleveland Way which is unfenced and has sheer 200 feet drops.
Staithes and Runswick RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Sheila & Dennis Tongue III began the search in windy conditions and a crew member swam ashore to scramble along the rocks between Penny Nab and Old Nab to continue the search.
‘It was quite a tricky operation as it was windy and high tide', said Staithes Deputy Launch Authority Sean Baxter. ‘We’re delighted that it was a happy outcome but a reminder that these cliffs are dangerous and everyone needs to be careful.'
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