Teen airlifted to hospital after she was hit by falling rocks

Teenage sunbather is airlifted to hospital after she was hit by falling rocks from unstable cliff in Norfolk

  • Teen taken to hospital after being hit by rocks at Happisburgh beach in Norfolk
  • She is believed to have suffered head and back injuries in the accident on Friday 
  • The unnamed girl is thought to be in stable condition after being rescued 

A teenage girl was airlifted to hospital after part of a cliff above where she was sunbathing collapsed and fell on top of her.

The young woman is believed to have suffered head and back injuries after the falling debris struck her at about 4.30pm on Friday at Happisburgh beach in Norfolk.

The East of England Air Ambulance was called to the scene and airlifted the patient – believed to be in her teens – to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital about 40 minutes later.

Members of Bacton Coastguard Search and Rescue Team also rushed to the casualty, as well as a land ambulance.

A teenage girl was airlifted to hospital on Friday after part of a cliff above where she was sunbathing collapsed and fell on top of her at Happisburgh beach in Norfolk

The girl’s injury has sparked a warning from coastguards, who revealed that they had been warning sunbathers to stay away from the cliffs just two hours earlier.

A spokesman for Bacton Coastguard Rescue Team said: ‘At 16.34 some of the team were tasked while out on patrol to a person injured by a cliff fall on Happisburgh beach, the rest of the team were then paged.

‘Two hours before this, the team out on patrol had given safety advice to sun bathers below the cliff due to over hang and instability.

‘When the Coastguard team arrived, the East Anglian Air Ambulance had just landed on the beach.

‘The lady was treated then transferred to hospital by the helicopter. We would like to wish her well and to thank everyone who assisted.

‘Please stay away from the base and the top edges of cliffs they are dry and very unstable.’


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The girl’s injury has sparked a warning from coastguards, who revealed that they had been warning sunbathers to stay away from the cliffs just two hours earlier

The spokesman added: ‘Many cliffs have become particularly unstable after the very dry weather, followed by recent rain and now drying again in this current period of warm weather and creating a higher risk of instability than normal.’

Denise Burke, one of the parish councillors for Happisburgh, told local media: ‘Even as we were there witnessing the woman being airlifted to hospital, there were still two families in pop-up tents up against the cliffs who didn’t move until they were moved on by the coastguard.

‘We see parents letting their children scramble up the cliffs, and even children writing on the cliffs. I think they don’t realise how dangerous it is..’

Pete Revell, coast guard rescue officer for the Bacton team, said that someone died in Suffolk last year in a similar incident.

He added: ‘They were buried alive so this person has had a lucky escape.’

The East of England Air Ambulance and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital were both contacted for comment.

The girl is thought to be in a stable condition. 

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