News revealed by the Maritime Coastguard Agency; An 18 year old woman was rescued last night from a ledge on a cliff at Atherfield Point, after she slipped 30 feet during an attempt to rescue her cat.
Solent Coastguard co-ordinated the rescue after receiving a 999 call just before 7pm. They sent the Ventnor and Needles Coastguard Rescue Teams to the scene with an ambulance.
Coastguard Rescue Officers and a paramedic were lowered to the lady on the ledge. After receiving medical assistance she was pulled back up the cliff on a stretcher. She is now receiving medical attention in hospital. The cat was also recovered safe and well.
Deputy Watch Manager Matthew West said:
“This woman was incredibly lucky to be rescued with relatively minor injuries. We know it’s worrying when pets go missing but cliffs are dangerous places, particularly in the dark. If you think your pet is on the wrong side of a cliff please don’t attempt to rescue them yourself or you too could find yourself in a precarious position on a cliff ledge.”
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