Children rescued from cliffs at Port Mulgrave near Whitby

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Three youngsters have been rescued from 200 foot cliffs near Whitby on Saturday evening.

At 7.45pm, Humber Coastguard was contacted by the police following a 999 call from three young people who were stuck on cliffs at Port Mulgrave.

After coastguards talked with them by phone to try to locate them, Staithes RNLI lifeboat spotted them in an inaccessible area 150 feet up the cliff.

Coastguard rescue teams from Whitby, Staithes and Skinningrove used their specialist cliff rescue equipment and went down from the top of the cliffs to the two lads and one girl and brought them up to the top of the cliff safely.

The group of two 16 year-old boys and an 11-year-old girl had attempted to climb up rocks from the beach and got into difficulty on the steep terrain some 150 feet above the water but still 55 feet short of the top of the cliff.

Due to all of them suffering from the cold after their experience, they were transferred to hospital in Middlesbrough by ambulance.

Mike Green, Humber Coastguard Watch Manager issued this warning.

“With so many people enjoying a chance to get out walking over the weekend our advice is be prepared,” he said.

“Make sure you are equipped for walking along coastal paths and check your route.

“Wear sturdy shoes or boots and check the weather before you go. Do not attempt to climb up or down cliffs unless you are equipped and trained.

“Don’t try to climb cliffs as a short cut back to the top. Don’t attempt self rescue, if you get into difficulty, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.”