Youths rescued after getting stuck on cliff in southern England

Published: 12:33 GMT, Jun 1, 2017 |

British Coastguard on Tuesday (May 30) rescued three teenagers after they attempted to scale a 61 metre-high (200 feet) cliff in southern England wearing no proper shoes or climbing equipment.

Onlookers who spotted the youths hanging off the cliff at the Stair Hole cove in Lulworth raised the alarm.

Video footage shows one of the barefoot hikers slipping off the cliff and being caught by a rescuer positioned below.

Due to the location of the incident, a small cove with steeply folded limestone strata, ground rescue was deemed to risky. The youths were airlifted to safety by helicopter.

A team of around 15 coastguard took part in the operation securing the area and preparing the landing site for the helicopter.