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Schoolboy scaled 50ft rock before getting stuck for hours



  • Adventurous seven-year-old climbed 50ft up giant seaside rock in Tenby, Wales
  • Little boy is believed to have been on a half-term holiday with his family 
  • He started climbing higher until he realised he could not get back down again
  • Schoolboy was left clinging to rockface for two hours during rescue operation

By Keiligh Baker for MailOnline

Published: 10:18 EST, 17 February 2017 | Updated: 11:04 EST, 17 February 2017

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An adventurous seven-year-old climbed 50ft up a giant seaside rock and ended up getting stranded for two hours desperately clinging to the rockface.

The schoolboy was enjoying his half-term break when he spotted the giant Goscar rock at the picturesque North Beach in Tenby, West Wales.

Like any naturally curious schoolboy he started climbing and continued until he realised he could not get back down again - leaving him stranded and clinging to the rock.

The seven-year-old schoolboy was enjoying his half-term break when he spotted the giant Goscar rock at the picturesque North Beach in Tenby, West Wales The seven-year-old schoolboy was enjoying his half-term break when he spotted the giant Goscar rock at the picturesque North Beach in Tenby, West Wales

The seven-year-old schoolboy was enjoying his half-term break when he spotted the giant Goscar rock at the picturesque North Beach in Tenby, West Wales

The schoolboy was left clinging to the rockface for two hours as emergency services (pictured) carried out a rescue operation The schoolboy was left clinging to the rockface for two hours as emergency services (pictured) carried out a rescue operation

The schoolboy was left clinging to the rockface for two hours as emergency services (pictured) carried out a rescue operation

He was finally plucked to safety by firefighters who extended their largest 45ft ladder to bring him back down to the ground.

One beach-goer who witnessed the rescue said: 'What a little scamp. I heard him being told to come down when he was only about 12 feet up.

'It would have saved a lot of bother. But he kept on going.'

Another onlooker said: 'The little boy looked confident going all the way up the rock, but then he panicked and got too scared to come down after he realised how high he'd gone.

'He was forced to cling on for ages until the firemen carried him down on the ladder.'

He was finally plucked to safety by firefighters who extended their largest 45ft ladder to bring him back down to the ground He was finally plucked to safety by firefighters who extended their largest 45ft ladder to bring him back down to the ground

He was finally plucked to safety by firefighters who extended their largest 45ft ladder to bring him back down to the ground

Like any adventurer he started climbing and continued until he realised he could not get back down again - leaving him stranded while clinging to the rock Like any adventurer he started climbing and continued until he realised he could not get back down again - leaving him stranded while clinging to the rock

Like any adventurer he started climbing and continued until he realised he could not get back down again - leaving him stranded while clinging to the rock

Police and coastguard services were the first on scene but due to his precarious position firefighters were alerted.

Firemen Rhys Thomas and Andrew Aston rigged up the extendable ladder with a support. A coastguard helicopter also landed on the beach and gave medical assistance.

A fire service spokesman said: 'A male child was stuck, approximately 40 feet up a rock. Firefighters rescued the child using a 13.5 meter ladder and Level 1 Line Rescue.

The boy, who hasn't been named but is believed to be on half-term holiday with his family from England, was described as being 'very relieved' to get back on the beach The boy, who hasn't been named but is believed to be on half-term holiday with his family from England, was described as being 'very relieved' to get back on the beach

The boy, who hasn't been named but is believed to be on half-term holiday with his family from England, was described as being 'very relieved' to get back on the beach

'The police and coastguard were also in attendance.'

Emergency services said they were called to Goscar Rock on North Beach, Tenby, Pembs, at 1.30pm on Thursday before being stood down once the boy was rescued at 3.30pm.

A police spokeswoman said: 'Dyfed-Powys Police were called to North Beach, Tenby, shortly after 1:30pm today, to assist with an incident regarding the safety of a seven-year-old.

'Coastguard and Fire also attended the scene. No injuries were reported.'

The boy, who hasn't been named but is believed to be on half-term holiday with his family from England, was described as being 'very relieved' to get back on the beach. 

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