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Online tributes paid to teenagers who died in cliff tragedy

The 17 year olds died in Saltburn on Friday night Credit: Cleveland Police

Tributes are being paid on social media to two teenage boys from East Cleveland who died in Saltburn on Friday night.

Alex Yeoman and Harry Watson were both 17.

Police were called to the scene at the foot of Huntcliff in Saltburn after reports that a body had been found there.

When they arrived they found the bodies of both boys.

The coastguard helicopter was called in and winched them onboard before flying to James Cook University Hospital.

News of the boys' death has shocked many who knew them and messages have been placed on Facebook in memory of the teenagers.

Police say the circumstances surrounding their deaths are not suspicious but are investigating exactly what happened.

They're appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

MP pays tribute to boys killed in cliff tragedy

Tom Blenkinsop, the MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland has offered his sympathy to the families of the two teenage boys who died at Huntcliff in Saltburn on Friday night. In a tweet, the Labour MP said his thoughts are with the relatives of the boys, who haven't yet been named by police.

Police are yet to release further details about how the boys died, however a spokesman from Humber coastguard has confirmed that the teenagers were winched from the foot of the cliffs by their helicopter, and flown to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. He added that it was low tide at the time of the tragedy. Police are expected to release further details about the boys' deaths later.

Coastguard confirms bodies found at bottom of cliffs

Huntcliff in Saltburn. Credit: ITV News

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency has confirmed that the bodies of two teenage boys, aged 17, were found at the bottom of cliffs at Saltburn, Teesside.

Cleveland Police say enquiries are continuing. Credit: ITV News

Cleveland Police said their officers were called just before 7pm on Friday evening to a report of a body at Huntcliff in Saltburn.

Officers and Coastguard colleagues attended the scene and found the bodies of two 17-year-old boys at the cliffs.

The Coastguards said the bodies were found at the bottom of cliffs, between the Ship Inn and a miniature railway line.

A spokesman told ITV News Tyne Tees that the teenagers had sustained serious injuries, and were winched from the scene by one of their helicopters.

It is not clear whether they had already been declared dead.

Police say enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances of exactly what happened.

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Police investigation after two teens found dead on Teesside

Cleveland Police were called just before 7pm on Friday evening to a report of a body at Huntcliff in Saltburn.

Officers and Coastguard colleagues attended the scene and found the bodies of two 17-year-old boys at the cliffs.

Police say enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances of exactly what happened.

Huntcliff in Saltburn. Credit: ITV News

The families of the boys are being supported by specialist officers and our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.

Any witnesses who may have been in the area of Huntcliff around the time of the incident are asked to contact Detective Sergeant Paul Hodgson from Cleveland Police Major Crime Team on the non-emergency number 101.

– Cleveland Police

Dramatic rock fall captured at Saltburn

The rock fall captured at Saltburn cliffs Credit: Andy 'Handy' Pearson

Walkers and fossil hunters are being warned to steer clear of cliff edges in Saltburn.

That's after a dramatic rock collapse, over the weekend, which was captured by an amateur photographer on the beach.

Redcar RNLI has urged people to avoid standing directly underneath the cliffs.

They say falling rock, coupled with rising tides, presents a double threat to the public.

Damage to the cliff face at Saltburn after a rock fall Credit: Andy 'Handy' Pearson
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