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Trapped girl, 9, reunited with lifeboat rescue crew

A nine-year-old girl who was trapped between giant rocks while playing hide-and-seek on the beach at Aberaeron has been reunited with the RNLI lifeboat volunteers who rescued her.

Watch: Dramatic rescue operation for 9-year-old girl trapped playing hide and seek

Eira pictured with RNLI lifeboat crew Tom Evans and Ben Billingham. Credit: Pete Kemp

Eira was trapped on Thursday evening, still wearing her school uniform, and stuck between rocks.

She was dramatically rescued, with the tide beginning to rise.

It was the first call-out for 17-year-old Tom Evans, a volunteer with New Quay inshore RNLI lifeboat, who crawled inside the rock and helped release her, by cutting her out of her wellington boots.

Eira and her family with New Quay operations manager Roger Couch, and crew Tom Evans and Ben Billingham. Credit: Pete Kemp

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9-year-old girl rescued from rocks at Aberaeron

The RNLI rescuers were able to climb inside the rock and cut the girl's boot, releasing her from the sea defence rocks Credit: RNLI

A nine-year-old girl was rescued by lifeboat crews from Newquay earlier this evening, after getting her foot stuck between rocks at Aberaeron.

Crews were called out at five o'clock just as the tide was starting to come in.

It was the first call out for 17-year-old RNLI volunteer Tom Evans, the youngest member of the team.

A spokesperson for the RNLI said:

"We commend the bravery of the crew member who removed his jacket and helmet and crawled down into a tight space between sea defence rocks and managed to cut the girl's boot to allow him to pull her out."

"He is the youngest crew member at the station and it was his first proper rescue situation. He performed very well under the direction of the station mechanic."

The girl, who was from the local area, was taken to hospital for routine checks.

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