Rescue teams save teenager after falling from cliff on Isle of Man

Casualty being transferred to the all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary Credit: RNLI Douglas/Douglas Coastguard

Coastguard and Lifeboat crews on the Isle of Man have rescued a teenager who fell from a cliff.

Douglas Coastguards were called to a serious incident at the back of Douglas Head Light House on Saturday evening, where a 15-year-old boy had slipped and fell to the rocks below.

They arrived after 8pm to a half-conscious casualty on the rocks below and asked for Douglas Lifeboat to be launched to assist. Libefoat the Sir William Hillary was launched from Douglas Harbour to the cliffs below the lighthouse.

Volunteer crew members Peter Washington and Andy Cowin used an inflatable dinghy to go ashore first to review and discuss the situation with the Coastguards.

The decision was taken to bring the lifeboat as close into the cliff face as possible, so the boy could be transferred directly onto the lifeboat.

With the casualty safely on board the lifeboat made the short journey back to Douglas harbour, where an ambulance was waiting to take the casualty to Noble's Hospital.