CLIFF FALL

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A young girl was res­cued un­in­jured af­ter fall­ing down a cliff on Palm Beach on Oc­to­ber 2. A Fire and Emer­gency NZ spokesman said the girl had been climb­ing on the cliff when she fell and landed on a ledge.the or­gan­i­sa­tion re­ceived the call just af­ter 3.20pm on Mon­day. Four fire ten­ders car­ry­ing crews were quickly at the scene. Po­lice and paramedics were also alerted to the in­ci­dent. A fire­fighter was winched down to the girl, while two oth­ers climbed down the cliff. Two of them held her se­curely while a third put a lad­der up from the beach. The girl was re­united with her grand­mother, who had been res­cued her­self ear­lier af­ter climb­ing to reach her grand­daugh­ter. Nei­ther suf­fered any in­juries. Sta­tion of­fi­cer Chris Freeman de­scribed the girl, be­lieved to be around six years old, as ‘‘very brave’’. Se­nior fire­fighter Rob Smith said the brigade had a line res­cue team which had been train­ing for just such an in­ci­dent. He said it had taken around an hour to ef­fect the res­cue but it was pol­icy to take things slowly.

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