A teenage girl has suffered serious injuries after falling 200ft from a cliff at a campsite – in front of her horrified father.
The girl was airlifted to hospital last night (Thurs) from the Blue Dolphin camping site near Filey, North Yorks.
The coastguard has revealed that the call to emergency services was made by the girl’s father who witnessed his teenage daughter “accidentally falling over a cliff edge.”
The incident happened before 8pm and North Yorkshire Police and the Coastguard were dispatched to the scene within ten minutes.
A lifeboat crew was also called out to the scene in Filey but was not needed as the girl landed on land and not in the sea.
It is not known how the girl, who was taken to hospital in Hull, East Yorks, came to fall from the cliff.
North Yorkshire Police confirmed on Friday morning that the 15-year-old girl was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary, East Yorks., with head injuries and police say she is in a critical but stable condition.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “The UK Coastguard were contacted on Thursday evening by a father who witnessed his teenage daughter accidentally falling over a cliff edge.
“Coastguard Rescue Teams training nearby were able to get on scene within 10 minutes.
“Specially trained cliff technicians were able to descend to the girl and administer first aid until the Coastguard rescue helicopter arrived on scene.”
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency added: “If you are out on the coast this Easter break make sure that you are properly equipped for walking along coastal paths.
“In particular remember to wear sturdy shoes or boots and check the weather forecast before you set out.
“Do not attempt to climb up or down cliffs unless you are properly equipped and trained to do so. Do not attempt to climb cliffs as a short cut back to the top. Do not attempt self-rescue.
“If you get into difficulty, call 999 and ask for the coastguard. Carry a mobile phone, tell people where you are going and when you expect to return.”
The Blue Dolphin site is run by Haven, described on its website as “Britain’s largest provider of domestic holidays with family holiday parks around the UK”.