Cornwall

Cheshire boy dies after 40ft cliff fall on The Lizard

  • 23 July 2012
  • From the section Cornwall
Rescue at Cadgwith
Image caption The boy was airlifted after he fell down the cliff

A teenager has died after falling 40ft (12m) down a cliff while on holiday in Cornwall.

The 16-year-old - from Lowton near Warrington in Cheshire - was airlifted to hospital after falling at Cadgwith Cove, on the Lizard Peninsula near Helston, on Sunday afternoon.

He was attempting to cross a cliff face with a friend at the cove when he fell, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The death was not being treated as suspicious, officers added.

Coastguard rescue officers and a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose went to the boy's rescue after the alarm was raised at about 16:20 BST on Sunday.

He was flown to Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro after sustaining what police described as "very serious injuries" after landing on rocks.

Members of his family were at his bedside when he died, police said.

A file is being prepared for the coroner.

The boy was due to be formally identified later in the week, police said.

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