Miracle boy plucked to safety

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

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).

“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.

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“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.