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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.

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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.

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

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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

New train for Saltburn Miniature Railway

Bob Proctor, Chairman of SMRA. Credit: SMRA

Saltburn Miniature Railway is celebrating a new addition after three years of restoration work.

Blacklock R, the steam locomotive, has been named after the former Chairman of Saltburn Miniature Railway Association Reg Blacklock, who passed away in 2012.

Bob Prunskill- a train driver Credit: SMRA

Did you know?

Saltburn Miniature Railway was founded in 1947 and ran for many years but eventually fell into disrepair. It was rescued in 1985 by the founders of SMRA and has carried on successfully ever since. The attraction is based in one of Redcar and Cleveland’s country parks, Saltburn Valley Gardens.

RNLI issue warning on being trapped by tide at Saltburn

Families walk on Saltburn Pier during hot weather at Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/

Redcar RNLI have issued a bank holiday warning about the perils of being trapped by the tide at Saltburn.

Already in 2016 there have been four emergencies at Huntcliff, involving 10 people, who have found themselves cut off by the rising tide.

Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI says:

We have a beautiful stretch of coastline here and it’s great to see the beaches full of people having fun.

But it’s no fun finding yourself trapped, cold and wet, by the relentless approach of the tide. Once you are pinned against the base of the cliffs, there’s nowhere to go. You will need to be rescued, and you have to raise the alarm early.

The most common time to be cut off at Huntcliff is about three hours after the tide has started to come in. That also means there’s another three hours of rising tide to come, and that is obviously going to have serious consequences."

– Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI

The RNLI offers the following advice to anyone using the beach:

  • Check the tide times before you venture out to place where you could get trapped.
  • Always look for areas of the beach patrolled by lifeguards. Look for the yellow and red flags.
  • Never swim on your own. Always have someone with you who can raise the alarm.
  • If you go on the sea in any sort of craft, always wear a lifejacket.
  • If you get into difficulties, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard. Stay calm and stay on the line. Otherwise, raise your arm in the air and shout for help.
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