Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Child taken to hospital after plunging more than 30ft from cliffs along north-east coast

The rescue in progress at Boddam
The rescue in progress at Boddam

A young boy was was in hospital last night after plunging more than 30ft onto rocks near a north-east lighthouse.

The emergency services were called to Buchan Ness Lighthouse at Boddam at around 2.30pm yesterday, after reports that the child had lost his footing and plummeted from a cliff.

A coastguard rope rescue team from Cruden Bay, a team from Peterhead and a backup rope rescue team from Banff were all dispatched, along with the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 151 from Inverness.

The lighthouse

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance was also sent out to the emergency, along with the Peterhead RNLI lifeboat team.

A coastguard spokesman said crews had to treat the youngster for “multiple injuries” as the Coastguard copter found a landing spot inside the lighthouse grounds.

He said: “The casualty was accessible over rocks without requiring technical rope equipment, and received treatment at the scene for multiple injuries.

“The difficult location meant an airlift by R151 to a landing site in the lighthouse grounds was most appropriate.

“He was then transferred to land ambulance for transport to hospital.”

The spokesman said the incident should serve as a reminder for people to take care while walking along cliffs.

He added: “The coastline can have many hidden dangers, and a simple slip off a path can result in a nasty accident.

“Please stay alert while enjoying the coastline, and if you do get into difficulty, remember to dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

Buchan Ness Lighthouse Holidays, which hosts holiday homes in the renovated lighthouse keeper’s cottages, wished the injured boy well in a post on social media last night.

The holiday company said: “We hope the young boy is okay, and wish him a speedy recovery.

“Please all, take care walking round the lighthouse and especially when walking with dogs or cycling, it can be treacherous.

“Love and thoughts to the boy and his family.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]