Miracle boy plucked to safety

PUBLISHED: 10:51 14 February 2011

Paul Driver from Beer coastguard signals to the rescue helicopter to ensure it is clear to take off from the Ham in Sidmouth on Sunday morning. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref mhh 3026-07-11SH

Paul Driver from Beer coastguard signals to the rescue helicopter to ensure it is clear to take off from the Ham in Sidmouth on Sunday morning. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref mhh 3026-07-11SH

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11-year-old from Honiton had lucky escape says eye witnesses. He survived night on cliff in atrocious weather conditions.

Police and paramedics outside the Sidmouth Lifeboat station on Sunday morning. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref mhh 3033-07-11SH

THIS was the moment an 11-year-old boy from Honiton was delivered to safety by a coastguard search and rescue crew after he had endured a night out on cliffs in atrocious weather.

The boy, who has not been named, was reported missing on Saturday evening. He became separated from friends while rock pooling between Branscombe and Sidmouth.

Eye witnesses say the weather was so bad it is a miracle the boy was found virtually unharmed.

Midweek Herald chief photographer Simon Horn witnessed the rescue operation mid morning yesterday (Sunday).

Sea conditions were extremely stormy pictured here east of the River Sid towards Branscombe at Sidmouth on Sunday morning. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref mhh 3031-07-11SH

“There were very strong winds and the sea was extremely rough,” he said.

“It was raining and the sea conditions were atrocious. Really, it was horrendous.

“It could have been a different story.”

If you are the boy’s family and would like to thank rescuers, please contact Belinda Bennet on 01392 888488.


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