1. ITV Report

Boy in hospital after 30ft fall down Cheddar Gorge

An 11-year-old boy remains in a serious condition in hospital tonight after plunging 30ft down Cheddar Gorge. The child, who has not been named, was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital by Portland coastguard helicopter.

Multi-agency operation to save child who fell down Gorge Credit: Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue

Volunteers from Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue helped emergency services locate the boy. They tonight described how he fell from a rocky outcrop onto a gravel ledge, landing on his face. The boy suffered a serious head injury.

Emergency services worked with ASSAR volunteers to rescue the boy Credit: Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue

The boy was in a serious/critical condition. There was a multi-agency response which was appropriate. Volunteer rescue teams were also at the scene. The patient has got the best possible outcome from the rescue operation and we wish him a full recovery.


Rescue workers say the boy had been with his mother at the Gorge. They received a call late this afternoon about the incident.