Teenager had a lucky escape after falling down a cliff
A teenage girl was winched to safety in a multi agency rescue on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent
The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘Buster’ were tasked at 6.59pm after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that a person had fallen down the cliffs at Warden Point on the Isle of Sheppey.
It was reported that the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team and a Kent Ambulance were already on the scene and that the Coastguard Rescue helicopter from Lydd was also on its way.
Having made best speed to the area the lifeboat was requested to stand by whilst preparations were made to winch the casualty to safety using the helicopter.
The casualty was winched away from the cliff and landed safely into the care of the paramedics.
Having checked the young lady over she was amazingly found to have been un-injured other than minor bruising and was released immediately and returned to her home.The ILB returned to station at 8.14pm. Wind Southerly force 2 to 3 at the time.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.