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Aberaeron hide and seek girl thanks RNLI rescuers

Tom Evans, Eira and Ben Billingham
Image caption Eira made drawings for the crew, including Tom Evans, left, who freed her from the rocks

A schoolgirl who became trapped between giant rocks while playing hide and seek on a beach has thanked her RNLI rescuers.

Eira, nine, became stuck among sea defence boulders at Aberaeron, Ceredigion, last Thursday.

Lifeboat crewman Tom Evans, 17, who was on his first call-out, jumped into the water to cut her wellies to free her.

Boat mechanic Ben Billingham said: "It was certainly one of the more unusual incidents we have attended."

The rescue also involved coastguards, police, paramedics and fire crews as well as the New Quay-based RNLI crew.

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